Friday, 2 December 2016

Perfect Christmas Gifts πŸŽ„ #BLOGMAS

Recently, the lovely people over at Pearls UK contacted me to send me some of their jewellery pieces for a Christmas gift guide! I thought these pieces were perfect for my Mam and my Nanna (my mam was threatening to steal them from me when I first got them delivered... I'm a nice daughter sometimes!)



They both arrived in a beautiful box tied with a ribbon, which gave it that extra special touch that is always amazing in a Christmas gift! As you can see, the colours are absolutely amazing. I chose both pieces in blue, which includes both light and navy blue pearls. They are both made with Swarovski pearls and make an excellent present for both Christmas and birthdays!

The necklace retails for £30, and the bracelet is £25.

You can buy Pearls UK jewellery HERE

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Christmas Tag 2016 πŸŽ„ #blogmas

Since today marks the official start of #blogmas 2016, why not celebrate with the Christmas tag!


1. Whats Your Favorite Holiday Movie(s)?  
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Elf (of course), Four Christmases or (not really Christmas but who cares) New Years Eve.
2. What Are Your Favorite Christmas Colors?  
I really like red and gold for Christmas! My decorations are always in those colours and red nail polish with gold glitter will always be on my nails through December.
3. Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?  
I dress up for Christmas! I have to put the new makeup and outfits to use!
4. If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be? 
My mam.
5. Do You Open Your Presents Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning? 
I open my Christmas pyjamas on Christmas Eve, and sometimes a candle and bubble bath to use on that night, but the rest of them I open on Christmas Morning. 
6. Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House? 
Yes! Once, but it was about 3 days after Christmas...
7. What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?  
Wrapping presents and going Christmas shopping!
8. Any Christmas Wishes?  
Too many to type!
9. Favorite Christmas Smell? 
Orange and cinnamon scents and the Sugared Apple Yankee Candle (oh my) 
10. Favorite Christmas Meal Or Treat? 
Christmas Dinner (no lie I crave Christmas dinners all year) and Strawberry Cream Quality Streets. I consume waaaaay too many over Christmas!


I tag:

Chloe
Elly
Chloe
Courteney
Jay
Shannon
Summer
Katie

Happy December 1st!
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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Anxiety and Blogging Events

After going to a couple of blogger events, I have noticed a pattern in which my emotions and thoughts tend to wander in the lead up, and the aftermath of a blogger event. This could sound so confusing, but I really wanted to do a post in which I could just ramble on about it. This might not be the most 'optimistic' or 'happy' post - it's just my thoughts and hopefully it can help others who have a similar problem.

This is also the first time I've ever spoken about my anxiety... like ever. It feels good to get it off my chest.



I'm a part of a couple Facebook groups, filled with lots of lovely bloggers. The one I like the most is the North East Network for Brilliant Bloggers group, which has lots of like minded individuals, who post to help others out, bring forward amazing opportunities and ask for advice. A lot of the time, I see amazing event opportunities and I immediately put my name down for them and get myself excited. However, my mind seems to wander after and I start to worry. My thought process for before, during and after an event tends to go as such...

Before: 'Omg yes this looks amazing! It'll be such an amazing way to network and meet lots of other bloggers'

During: 'Wow I feel really out of place. I don't really know anyone here... Everyone seems to know what they're talking about and are so confident with meeting new people'

After: 'Why didn't I introduce myself?? Why didn't I speak to them?? They're going to think I'm a right bitch now and think I was just ignoring them'

The truth is, I'm 100% an introvert. I'm so nervous in new situations with new people and I genuinely don't know what to say to break the ice. I can't help it and I hate myself for it. I'd love it if I could just wander up to someone and be like 'Hi I'm Rebecca! How are you?' or 'Hi I'm Rebecca, I read your blog and I love it!' or something along those lines, but lo and behold, I don't. These are the kind of things I beat myself up for once the event has finished.

I definitely feel like I go into a sort of trance when I'm at an event. I get myself in a nervous and anxious state meaning I won't start a conversation over fear they think I'm strange or weird. If I've ever encountered you at an event - I swear, I'm not I'm just so anxious I don't know what to say to anyone ahah!

Even though I really enjoy myself whilst I'm there and afterwards even, and I'm always grateful for the opportunities that are offered, it's afterwords that I start to panic.

One thing that has helped me a lot is a group chat that has been created with some other local bloggers. If we are going to the same events we can arrange a time and a place to meet before hand, which helps to break the ice and chat before we go to the event. It allows me to feel a lot more comfortable around the other people attending!

If you struggle with a similar problem at events, leave a comment below with your outlook!
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Monday, 14 November 2016

The Best Autumnal Duo? | Fall Collab

This is a post in collaboration with a load of other lovely bloggers who's posts I will link at the end! We decided to keep the collar autumn related!

I was recently given this Ted Baker lipstick and nail polish set as a gift from one of my best friends and I instantly fell in love with the products. The colours are so autumnal and perfect for this time of year!


The lipstick is actually a tinted lip balm, however the colour is still pretty pigmented for something you'd expect to be more sheer and moisturising. It's the only non-matte burgundy/dark red shade I own and it makes a massive difference on those colder more winter-y days. Not to mention, the packaging is beautiful! Nothing beats rose gold!

The nail polish coordinates with the lipstick perfectly, and is opaque with 2 coats. I've really been enjoying wearing it with my Christmas glitter top coat from Barry M when I'm feeling more festive! Again, this goes along with the rose gold theme with the packaging which I love. All in all, it's the perfect shade for Autumn!

You can buy this gift set from Boots.co.uk and in stores!

Have you tried any of the Ted Baker beauty products?

Check out the other lovely bloggers involved in #fallcollab

Alongside Hannah
Kisses From Jess
Faded Element
Touch of Gucci
Just Morgs

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Friday, 28 October 2016

A Beautiful Autumn Bouquet & Giveaway!

The lovely people over at Blossoming Gifts got in contact with me to send over a bouquet of my choice, and of course, since I absolutely love Autumn, I had to choose one of their autumn bouquets!




I chose the 'Woodland' bouquet, which is the most autumnal bunch of flowers on the whole website. I loved the different tones of orange. The bouquet consists of - Orange La Lily x3, Cherry Brandy Roses x6, Burgundy Hypericum Berries x6, Solidago x2, Natural Birch x2, Hard Ruscus x3.

These flowers would make an amazing gift, and have added a beautiful autumnal touch to our living room.

If you would like to win your own 'Woodland' bouquet, just enter below!

To be entered you MUST follow me on Twitter and leave a comment with your full name and email address in order to contact you. If you don't follow on twitter AND leave a comment with your name and email you will not be entered into the draw.

By entering this competition, you are giving permission for Blossoming Gifts to send promotional newsletters and offers.

Only open to the UK

Closes 11pm on the 4th November 2016


Win the beautiful 'Woodland' bouquet
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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Revolution Golden Sugar 2 - Rose Gold | #BLOGTOBER

As you may have seen in a previous post, I tested, and fell in love with the original Golden Sugar palette by Revolution. Once I noticed they brought out a second version, I just had to buy it!


The shades in this palette are a lot more pink based than the original. The original had a lot of bronze and gold orientated colours, where as this one, I think is even more wearable than the other. At this time of the year, I always love to start wearing blush again. It gives that rosy glow which is perfect for the colder seasons. The colours are also, again, very multi-purpose just like with the original. The light and darker gold shades just next to the bronzers work really well on the eyes with some darker shadows in the crease. Very autumnal with a plum lippy!

The bronzers are much better shades for lighter skin. The lightest one works perfectly as a contour shade for me as it isn't that orange based. I sometimes use the darker bronzer shade on top of the lighter one for a more defined contour if I'm wanting to wear a bit more makeup that day which when blended out looks really natural and matches my skin colour really well.

Overall, I would recommend the rose gold palette over the original if you have paler skin like me. If you are more tanned or naturally have a darker skin tone, the shades in the original are more likely to be way more suited to you.

Have you tried any of the Golden Sugar palettes?
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Friday, 7 October 2016

The Best Beauty Blender Cleaner? | #BLOGTOBER

As I'm sure everyone who owns a beauty blender has encountered, they're an absolute pain to wash. I've tried so many different products in the past like face washes and even shampoo but they always take ages to rinse clean, and even then, all the stains still aren't out. I think I may have just discovered an answer to all my beauty blender prayers...


My dad visited a town whilst on his work travels called Port Sunlight, which is the home of Sunlight Soap. This is a soap that was made locally in the factories and can be used for washing dishes, laundry, surfaces and hands. Since this product was made to work on soft fabrics, I decided to give it a try and see how well it cleaned up my beauty blender.

I used warm water to rinse the sponge and rubbed it against the soap block until it was lathering up. I could see instantly that it was removing foundation stains with ease.

Even though the scent of the product isn't the most desirable (it literally smells like lemon and plasticine) the soap works so well at deep cleaning makeup sponges. The one I have is a replica of the original box since it was bought from its' origin town, but you can get the same product here.

What do you use to clean your beauty blenders?
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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Shadow Switch Review | #BLOGTOBER

Beauty Essentials UK very kindly sent me their new 'Shadow Switch' pan to test out and I got super excited about it!


As I'm sure every avid eyeshadow wear-er has encountered, wanting to use that one amazing blending brush you own to blend 5 shadows can sometimes make the shadows look very messy. Shadow Switch has been designed to provide a dry brush cleaning solution to make blending your shadows much easier.

"This innovative product extracts all traces of make-up powder from your brush, allowing you to switch up between different colours and shades. The Shadow Switch also eliminates the possibility of product transfer between your powders when using the same brush"

The product works to the best of its ability when used with dark eyeshadows such as brown or black. You are able to see it going to work the most in these situations. I know that I hate chopping and changing my brushes all the time when doing my eye makeup, and this product eliminates that all together!

I absolutely love this product, it works so well! Especially since now I have been moving to darker colours for the autumn months, it helps keep the shadows looking smokey without making it look like I have a black eye. I would 100% recommend this product to anyone who struggles with shadow blending, or anyone who is as obsessed with eyeshadow as I am!

The Shadow Switch is currently sold on Amazon for £5.99 and is coming to Sephora stores soon! (The packaging for this product isn't finalised)

Have you tried the Shadow Switch?

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Monday, 3 October 2016

5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self | #BLOGTOBER

After searching for inspiration online, I came across this idea which really intrigued me. Obviously this has been done many times before but I wanted to do my own spin on it. So, rather than a 'letter', I'm basically just going to list 5 makeup related sins I committed in my year 9 self...



DO. NOT. PUT. FOUNDATION. OVER. YOUR. EYEBROWS.

I know. I'm cringing as well. I was literally so clueless about makeup, that I saw eyebrows as serving no purpose. Why are they there?? They're just annoying bits of hair on your face that hurt to remove... Solution? Obviously cover them in foundation and powder until they're basically non-existent. Not my best look...

Bottom Eyelashes are More Important Than You Think

Don't cut them off with a pair of manicure scissors because they serve no purpose other than getting covered in foundation and concealer every morning. Just don't... (yep that actually happened once and I hate myself for it)

Invest in a Better Foundation

Please don't just use the Dream Matte Mousse your mam gave you after she didn't like it. Not only are you a pre-teen with ridiculously dry skin and applying this foundation makes you look like a flaky mess, but it's also 3 shades too dark. Sort yasel out Rebecca.

Thick Eyeliner isn't Appropriate for School

I mean, our school didn't have many makeup rules, but wearing makeup to excess wasn't really accepted. Literally God knows how I got away with wearing eyeliner about 1cm thick with just as thick wings every day for the whole of year 9.

You Don't Have to Wear Converse With Every Outfit

Not quite makeup related but yeah... No matter what colour clothes I was wearing, they were always paired with a pair of faded navy converse. Every. Single. Weekend. I cry...

So there we go! 5 things I would tell my younger self! What would you tell yourself?
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Favourite Autumn/Christmas Yankee Candles

Ok ok... I know this post's a bit odd. But hey, I'm always looking for new candle scents to pick up, so why not do a full post about one of my fave parts of the colder, winter months?

Don't get me wrong, leaving the house without loads of layers during the summer is nice, but can anything beat having cosy Sunday's in bed in a Christmas jumper with an abundance of candles burning? I think not. Not even that, but I love going out in a thick winter coat and scarf - outfit planning is literally 10x easier. Not having to think about if your top matches your jacket always saves time in the morning. Anyway, this isn't a post about the many reasons I like the winter months, so back to candles...


'Snow in Love' - This is one of my all time favourite candles out of the Christmas range. It's not a sweet or sickly scent - it's very light and fresh. "Fall in love with this delightful blend of creamy, comforting woods and wintry powder freshness".

'Fireside Treats' - This one is a lot more sweet and sickly than the first, but I love it none the less. I've had this for years and I always get it out around September time. It's very autumnal and is one of the scents I love, but the rest of my family hate because of the sweetness.

'Sugared Apple' - This one is amazing if I'm honest. It has such a strong scent, and it's just as strong when it's not even lit. It smells almost like a caramel apple, and is again a very very sweet scent. I've had this one for a good few years as well and has lasted me so long. I'd recommend this one to anyone who loves the really sweet scents. Again, it's another one that my family hate - but hey, you can't please everyone.

'Christmas Eve' - This is one of my newer additions to my collection. I got it last Christmas as a gift, but decided to save it until this Christmas to burn it. It's a spiced plum and berry scent which is a lot fresher than some of the others I use regularly!

What are your favourite Yankee Candles?

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Autumn Handbag Essentials

As Autumn is fast approaching (yas, finally!!) I decided I had to switch up the things I was keeping in my handbag to be more fitting for the colder months...



Zoella 'Wonder Hand' Hand Cream - I've mentioned this in a post previously but oh my it is absolutely amaze! The scent is very light and the formula sinks into your hands so quickly. Being able to feel the hand cream for hours after in a greasy layer is one of my absolute hatreds and this doesn't do it as much as the others I've tried! At £5.50 you can't go wrong!

Maybelline Baby Lips 'Holiday Spice' - I literally bought this in like the beginning of August... The Christmas products cannot start too early! I always carry a lip balm around with me, whether it be tinted like this one, or a tube of the Dr Paw Paw balm. I've been enjoying this one for the tint as it has amazing pigmentation, and as the perfect way to add a little berry tint on your lips for everyday without being too dark or bold! It has been perfect for me since I do not suit berry lips at all - the perfect compromise!

Hand Sanitiser - I'm not too picky on the brand for hand sanitisers - to me they all really do the same thing! This one is from primark and it's pink and has a pretty strong sweet strawberry scent. Not gunna lie though I might have to get my hands on the new Zoella Beauty hand sanitiser because I am in love with the smell of the core collection of products!

Katy Perry 'Killer Queen' Perfume - It can't just be me who gets a perfume for Christmas, and so every time you wear it you're reminded of Christmas? No? Just me? Ok then... But seriously though I got this for Christmas last year and I literally can't tell you how much it now reminds me of Christmas day. It makes it my perfect perfume for the upcoming winter months to get me ready and exited for the festivities to begin!

So there you go... some of my handbag essentials for the autumnal months! What are your handbag essentials?
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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Barry M Daylight Curing Polish

Since I am a self confessed nail polish addict, I am actually so surprised I didn't try these for as long ad I did. I got on board with their Gelly polish hype, and didn't think these would be much different if I'm honest. I was watching Gabby's vlog and noticed she mentioned them and was saying how good they were, so unsurprisingly, I had to pick up one when I was in Superdrug!


I picked up the sunset topcoat along with the purple colour, 'Dark Side of the Shroom' first and I absolutely fell in love with them. The colour was opaque with one coat and the topcoat made it look like I'd just had gels done professionally. They were so shiny! Because I loved that shade so much, I decided to pick up a blush pink shade a few days later since I've never been able to find a good opaque shade similar to this. Unfortunately, I still haven't. The colour doesn't seem to be anywhere near as opaque as the purple one. It would've ended up with about 5 coats on to achieve the colour I wanted - and who has time for that?! I think this shade would work amazingly with a french manicure, when you only want a sheer coat of it to finish off. But, I would 100% recommend the purple shade for if you want all over colour though! They're often on offer as well - I got mine on a buy one get one half price offer which means it only cost around £7.50 instead of £10! I think the darker shades are definitely going to be the paints with the best coverage for the price!

Have you tried any of the daylight curing nail polishes? Which is your favourite?
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Monday, 5 September 2016

What's on my desk?

I've seen a few of these posts around over the last couple of months, and honestly, it just gave me ridiculous desk envy! I haven't had a desk for almost a year now, and I'm not gunna lie, I've missed it a lot. As I am a lovely daughter, I sacrificed my desk to my parents so they could use it when they work from home. But, I'm also pretty indecisive - so I asked for it back. If I'm honest though, I'm so happy I did.


Desk - Argos || Pink Paper Fairy Lights - Primark || Copper Bell Heart - ASDA || Cork Board and Pom Pom Push Pins - WHSmith || Polaroid Prints - Cheerz


Fake Flowers - Wilkinsons || Vase - The Baltic Gift Shop || Pen Pots - IKEA || List Book - Wilkinsons || Cinema Light Box - New Look


Aroma Diffuser - Ebay || Hammered Metal Tealight Holder - Tesco || Christmas Candles - Yankee Candle || Monogram Mug - ASDA || Copper Lamp - Tesco

I'm absolutely in love with how it's turned out. Also, note the Christmas candles - yeah, these came out of my Christmas decoration box in late July I'm not gunna lie. I just want winter now!

In my desk drawer, I keep things that I like to be easily accessible whilst I'm sitting working, such as hand cream, screen wipes for my laptop and a candle lighter. Underneath the drawer, on the shelves, I keep the overflow from my makeup storage, and a box full of nail polishes. (I need to sort out my nail polishes, it's becoming a slight problem...)

What do you keep on your desk?

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Do I Finally Have a Skincare Regime?

I got asked to put together a post all about my skincare regime by the Dollar Shave Club, which made me want to tell a little 'skincare story' if you will ahah!

Yes, you heard correctly - 'finally'. In my whole 18 years of life I have never been able to find a skincare routine that I have loved and worked fully to my advantage. Allow me to give a little bit of backstory...

I was diagnosed with a minor skin problem called seborrheic dermatitis, which is  'a red, itchy, flaky (inflamed) skin complaint; 'seborrhoeic' means that the rash affects greasy (sebaceous) skin zones such as theface, scalp and centre of the chest' at the age of around 5 or 6. I had unbearably itchy and dry patches, which were often scab like on my scalp, and flaky areas in the oiliest areas of my face, and when I was took to the doctors, they only provided a prescription for my scalp and not for the problem areas on my face. Over the years I have tried many different moisturisers such as E45 and Simple to try and get rid of the flakiness, but in effect made the oily patches even worse. This resulted in a lot of breakouts and in the end, I started using a bog standard, Superdrug's own make face wash for 'normal' skin, and it really wasn't working to my advantage at all. I decided to try some of Neutrogenas face products to bring my skin back to health, and I am so happy I did.


I first remove the bulk of my makeup with Simple makeup wipes, and rinse my face with warm water. I use the Neutrogena 'Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Facial Wash' in a good lather all over my face to remove any spot causing bacteria, and to help minimise the oils on my skin. I rinse off with warm water, and splash my face with cold water before patting my face dry. Before I apply my makeup, I use the Neutrogena 'Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser' all over my face as a base instead of primer so my pores aren't as clogged.

There you have it! I like to keep it super simple and fuss-free because of my skins tendency to break out like crazy if I use harsh products. I also know that if I started using various serums, I'd never stick to it and my skin would hate me even more for that!

More information on Seborrheic Dermatitis here

Do you have a skincare routine?
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Week in the Peak District

Last week, me and my family travelled from Newcastle to Matlock Bath for a few nights in a B&B! We went to a few different places each day, and this is my lil travel journal-esque post for me to look back on in the future!


Day 1

We left at about 9am on Monday morning, which meant an early start (idk how I did it if I'm used to getting up at 11am recently). Of course, we had to stop off for a McDonalds breakfast on the way - pretty sure that's just a rule now for us whenever we go away? Anyway, after a 2 hour drive, we decided to stop off in Buxton on the way, which is a spa town with a lovely park and a few shops which of course I had to look around!



After looking around Buxton, we decided to go to the Carsington Water reservoir before going to the B&B. We got ice creams and sat by the lake in the sun before having a a wander around the surrounding area. We then went to a pub that we've been to on previous holidays around the area called The Knockerdown for some food. After the meal, we went to the B&B and basically just got straight in bed! We were so tired after walking around and all that food!


Day 2

We decided to meet up with my uncle and his fiancΓ© in Bakewell. We arrived a little earlier so we had a wander round and a coffee. Once we met up with them, we walked along the old train tracks and had a little picnic, before heading for a walk over some of the countryside. It was a boiling hot day, so needless to say we were all absolutely sweating by the time we finished it!






We then had another wander around the shops before heading back to the B&B at about 7 and heading out for some tea. We then headed back to the B&B at about 8!


Day 3

We decided to go into Derby for the day to do some shopping in their big shopping centre they have in the city, which of course I loved since I am the designated shopaholic of the family. I didn't actually buy much which is a complete change for me! We had a light lunch before heading over to Nottingham to see my uncle and his fiancΓ© again!

We headed to the National Water Sports centre for a little look around, and of course, an ice cream whilst sitting in and soaking up the sun, before heading over to my uncles house for tea which was lovely! We didn't arrive back to the B&B until about half 9, so I watched my episode of Pretty Little Liars I had been looking forward to all day before heading to bed!

Day 4

Ok, so I lied... I wasn't there for a week, I was only there for 4 days, but hey - what does it matter for the sake of a semi-decent post title eh? We headed back home on Thursday and stopped off in Harrogate on the way. We had a little look around the shops and a walk in the park, until we decided we were just too tired to continue really, and headed back to the car to finish the rest of the journey home! I did completely drool over this rose gold telephone though and haven't stopped thinking about it since!



Once we got back to my home town, I went and collected my A-Level results which my bestie Sarah vvvv kindly picked up for me, and found out I had gotten a B in my Media which I was soooo happy with! I thought I had messed up the exam ngl!


I really enjoyed my little holiday and I'm so glad the weather was nice! Where have you been on your holidays this year?


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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Dr Paw Paw Lip Balm

So, with products such as lip balms, I really fail to give into the 'hype'. I thought 'well what makes this one any different to that one?' or 'why would I waste my money on that slightly more expensive one when theres a £1 chapstick there that'll do the same thing?'. Well recently, my mind has been changed...


This feels so different to other lip balms I've tried before - a lot more greasy. I suppose that must be a good thing since it worked incredibly fast! It's so unlike any other one I've tried before and definitely worth the few extra pound instead of a tub of vasoline or a chapstick!

I bought this because of its multipurpose uses as well. It can be used on your lips, face, hair, and even on minor abrasions and insect bites. I haven't tried it in my hair yet - mostly because I'm scared it makes it look greasy, or on my face just because of my dermatitis. (I don't like using products that are too oily because it sets the dermatitis off really badly). I have tested it, however, on a scratch on the end of my nose. As soon as I put it on, the stinging disappeared instantly. It also seemed to take some of the redness away as well!

Overall, I think this product is amazing. Not only is it good for its lip balm purpose - but also helps heal minor wounds?! Definitely worth a trip to your local Superdrug to pick one of these up!
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Revolution Golden Sugar Palette

So you've probably heard all about this palette already - as have I, but I could never find it! It was out of stock, literally in every Superdrug, for months! Until about a week ago when I wandered into my local Superdrug intending to look, and not buy - and of course it was in stock. Before I knew it I couldn't control myself and this went in my basket, along with a load of other items I probably didn't need... but I needed them. Like, I had to have them... I felt like every time I picked up a lipstick to swatch they were crying at me to not put them down. Why must I have no self control?


The shades are so amazing, first off. There's quite a variety of blush, highlight and bronzer shades, which means I have been able to basically swap my usual MAC stuff for just this palette - which honestly, I'm quite happy about. I'm aiming to go cruelty free, and really want to find alternatives for the makeup that falls under that category. This is a cheap alternative that works just as well as the expensive stuff!

It's also multipurpose! The second shade along on the bottom row has been used in many a eyeshadow look recently, as it just looks amazing with a neutral eye for day to day wear. It adds just the right amount of shimmer, without any chunky glitter pieces if you're going for a lighter day to day look.

My favourite shades for highlight are the two end shades - the white and gold and the champagne shade. I layer these up and they look amazing together. Especially the champagne one when I have a tan! It gives an amazing healthy glow without being to intense. But if I do want to be particularly glowing one day, I use the white and gold shade over the top to add more shimmer. It looks so nice and natural as well!

One complaint I do have about this is the packaging. I know that for £6, you can't really complain when the product itself is so amazing - however, there are a few things that irks me about it. First off, the gold lettering on the front scratched pretty much clean off within the first week of use which is pretty annoying. Another thing about the packaging is that it generally feels a little bit flimsy overall. The mirror in mine isn't completely secure - which may be the case in everyones, or just a factory error in mine.

 Even though I do have these slight complaints, the quality of the packaging doesn't affect the quality of the product inside, and for £6, you can't really complain!

Have you tried this product before? What did you think of it?
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Being a Northern Blogger

So I mean, the title of this post sounds quite strange, but nevertheless, I wanted to do this post and I had no other idea on how to title this...

So as you may know, I live in a town quite close to Newcastle, and I have noticed some pros and cons of living up north, and the effects it has on my blog. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love living near Newcastle. It's such a diverse area to live in, with a good shopping centre, and both so close to both rural, urban and seaside towns, all within an hours drive.

As many other bloggers may feel - living up north can make blogging a very expensive hobby to have. Let me explain....


So being up here, you're essentially away from the blogging 'centre' which is London. All the PR companies are based there, so events are normally organised in some super swanky venue in SoHo or a beautiful hotel function room of sorts. Not all of us, me especially, can afford the costs to attend these events. For example, return train fare from Newcastle to London can be anywhere between £100-£200+, especially when booked last minute, which a Saturday job cannot fund. Unfortunately, I have had to turn down a few blogging events because of this. You feel out of the blogging 'loop' since you can't meet all the other bloggers you read/interact with online. All the massive meet ups and events happen a 5 hour drive from you, it's incredibly hard to do a 'quick trip' to London for an event. The 'quick trip' would turn into a 3 hour train ride/5 hour car ride, £100+ for a night in a hotel, money for meals and drinks. It definitely adds up!



However, living up north does have its pros. As I said, I'm super close to a major city, but also close to the sea and the countryside - which gives me the best of both worlds really! The North East blogger network are an amazing group of people, and I have some amazing friends close to home who share this hobby. North East blogging events actually happen quite often, and I try to attend them as often as I can! Even though you're out of that 'loop', you can still get involved in the blogging community by attending smaller events closer to home. You save some money along the way as well!

So yeah... quite the unusual blog post but I hope you enjoyed it! Are you a Northern Blogger? I'd love  to hear your opinions!
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

My Summer Essentials

Even though the British weather isn't looking too much like summer at the minute, I thought I would share my favourite products that I have been putting to use over the last few years around this time of year!


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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Zoella Beauty Picks

When Zoellas beauty line came out a few years back, I couldn't explain to you how excited I was to get my hands on the products. Over that time I have compiled my 3 favourite products from the first 2 releases (since I haven't had a chance to get my hands on the new line yet!)


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Friday, 8 July 2016

DIY Polaroid Board

Ok... can you really call this a DIY?

All over the internet, (particularly Tumblr and Zoellas' new office) I have been seeing pictures of copper noticeboards, customised with photos, postcards and little memories. I found a large noticeboard from Urban Outfitters for around £60 and was so tempted to order it a few months back. I'm glad I didn't now! I've found an alternative that cost literally a small fraction of the price!


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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Trying this YouTube Thing...

Ok so - This is the first time I've talked about this on my blog, but I started a Youtube Channel! In no way is uploading regularly yet, but I do really want to start doing regular vlogs and chatty videos to upload every week. Here is my second video I uploaded last week. I did a gold and natural prom makeup look!

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Monday, 27 June 2016

My Benefit Brow Bar Experience

Last week, I was invited to attend the Benefit Brow event in Eldon Square, Newcastle Debenhams to celebrate the release of their new brow collection. I was honestly so excited to go since I've only had my eyebrows done once professionally before, and that was more than 2 years ago now - I honestly never get round to booking anything in and then just end up doing it myself!


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Friday, 3 June 2016

My Perfect Summer Brunch!

I got asked by Paperless Post to put together my ideal brunch inspiration - Food, decorations, invites; the lot! I got extremely excited to put this together since I was like the queen of organising fake 'parties' when I was younger, and this is literally like re-living my childhood!

I decided if I was to organise a brunch, I would make it an outdoor picnic style with lots of natural light and of course, plenty of cocktails to go around! I found all of my inspiration on pinterest!

Decorations



http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2015/04/21/a-southern-backyard-brunch/

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Doing Your Own Makeup for a Big Event?

As prom season is fast approaching, those of you who have a prom/ball will most likely be frantically sorting out dresses/makeup/hair/shoes/accessories whilst trying to tackle exams. Well if I'm honest - I was in that exact position 2 years ago, and organising a makeup artist/hair appointment for Prom seemed like the last of my worries and slipped my mind, resulting in myself doing my own hair and makeup.


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Thursday, 26 May 2016

FOTD: Neutral Eye + Pink Lip!

Hello! Long time no blog!

Last night I attended my uncles girlfriends birthday tea! All my family were there and it was such a lovely night!

Not gunna lie I was really enjoying my makeup, so I thought I'd share it with you all!


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Monday, 2 May 2016

Mini Beauty Haul + Vichy Dermablend First Impressions

Hello! I am so sorry posts have been so scarce recently, but like I said in my last post; deadlines and revision are slowly driving me insane!

Anyway, I was contacted by Vichy to ask if I would like to try one of their products; the Dermablend foundation, so of course, I jumped at the chance! I'd never tried any Vichy products before, but I'd heard so many good things about them... I definitely wasn't disappointed by this product!


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Monday, 25 April 2016

Bridges Fashion Weekend 2016

Hello! Long time no speak! Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I have been ridiculously busy with school work and haven't had the time. I am going to try and be more regular with posts throughout the exam period though - coursework deadlines have just been so stressful recently!

Anyway, onto the post...

Last Thursday, I attended the Bridges Fashion Weekend with a lovely blogger named Chloe, who is one of the girls from the blogger group chat I am part of. It was lovely to finally meet her after months of talking with the other girls!


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Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Favourite Albums

So this is a little different for this blog... I thought I'd share 5 of my favourite albums, and pick a few songs from each one as my top recommendations. I've tried to pick a few albums from a variety of different genres etc. I hope I can help some of you find some new amazing artists! So... here we go!

Courtney Barnett Vinyl released in double pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

FOTD: Shopping Day

Me and my Mam decided to go for some intense retail therapy and and lunch out. I wanted to wear quite natural makeup, so I went for a light pink, shimmery eye and nude lip!

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Introducing #SOPPYSUNDAY

After a ever so deep conversation with the girls in the group chat, the idea of 'Soppy Sundays' promptly began. After a bit of deliberation, I've decided to launch another blog with the lovely Alex from 'The Lippie Lady'.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

MAC 'Brave' Lipstick Review!

I do love a good lipstick! About 4 years ago I purchased MACs satin 'Brave' and after a few months decided the colouring just wasn't for me, and slowly started to push it to the back of my makeup drawer. About a year and a half ago, I discovered the lipstick again, and fell back in love with it!


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