Sunday, 21 June 2015

Holiday haul

In preparation for my holiday in Italy in July, I went shopping and purchased a few bits that I thought would be perfect for the hot weather. I already had some pieces in my wardrobe that I thought would be weather appropriate and would look good whilst roaming the sites of Rome, however I did have a couple of essential pieces missing. 
As you can already tell, I haven't been very adventurous with my colour scheme. I'm not really fond on neon clothing or many bright pieces at all. I don't think they suit my skin tone, so I tend to stick to more neutral colours. I absolutely love the pieces that I have set aside for my holiday so far, I just think that even the most simplistic items can be paired with others to create such a lovely outfit. This is actually going to be my first holiday abroad, so it'll be an interesting experience battling the 30 degree temperatures over there. I feel like the clothes that I'm taking with me are light enough to keep me cool throughout the day, no matter what activity we are doing!
I'll be away from the 16th July to the 23rd July (which is my birthday, woohoo!), so expect an almighty blog post after that, which will be jam packed with holiday photos!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Summer Swishing event

A while ago I received a message from my friend highlighting a post that she had came across on Twitter, which was calling to all bloggers in my city for a Summer Swish event. Since the event was being held somewhere that we were able to easily get to, we decided to attend. The event was hosted by a really lovely lady named Rachel who greeted us at the door with smiles and hugs. During the event we were able to network with other bloggers, we had a talk from the MetroCentre's stylist and there was also two ladies from The Bodyshop there who gave the bloggers mini make-overs and makeup tips. 
The main activity in this event was obviously, the swishing. If you're not familiar with this, it is where you take a number of clothes or accessories that you would be happy to pass onto another blogger, you hang them up on a clothes rail with other bloggers clothes and then you are given red tags that you then put on the clothes or accessories that you want to take home with you. I took 5 items of clothing with me and I then received 5 red tags that I could hook onto the items that I would like to take home. It's a great way to clear your wardrobe of unwanted items, but to replace them with other items! At the end of the event we were kindly gifted two goodie bags: a bag of minitures and samples from house of fraser, and the bodyshop. 
Overall, we were well and truly spoilt at this event! If there is ever a swishing event advertised near you I would totally recommend checking it out!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Having a change!

Firstly, I owe you all a massive apology. I'm SO sorry for my prolonged absence here on my blog, I've just been super busy with the stress of exam season and trying to pass my A levels. However, now that my exams are over with, I'm back! 

As a starter post to get back into blogging, I decided to show you guys a little change that has happened to me a couple of days ago. 

I went from this:

To this:

My intention actually wasn't to go this short, and I originally only wanted a small chunk off of the ends. However, a little bit more than that ended up coming off. The reason that I needed a chunk of my hair cut off is because the ends were completely dead and dry, as you can probably tell from the image above. My hairdresser advised me to get all of the dead hair off, in order for my hair to look healthier. 
I have to admit, it is taking me a while to get used to. I've had extremely long hair for years, so going this short was very scary for me as it's just not what I'm used to. However, I think it's growing on me. I'm undecided whether to keep it this short or whether to grow it out again, but I don't have to make that decision in a hurry. One thing that I am going to do is ensure that my hair is being looked after properly, and I'm using a hair oil by Garnier through the ends of my hair, to make sure that they don't end up dry and head again.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Cake break in Newcastle

Hi guys! A couple of days ago I took a small shopping trip with my friend Lauren in Newcastle. One of the best things about Newcastle in my opinion is most definitely the Quayside, which consists of little cafes and shops next to the river tyne and the famous bridges. Whilst walking down, we stopped a cute little cafe named 'The Great British Cupcakery'. Let me tell you, its didn't disappoint. The inside of the cafe is adorable with vintage white furnishings everywhere, and as a whole I would say it has a very shabby-chic look to it.
If you're ever in Newcastle, I would definitely recommend having a quick cake and tea break here. I got a lemon meringue cupcake and some traditional rose lemonade (which came with a mason jar style glass and a cute straw), and they were amazing. I already know that whenever I come into town to do a bit of shopping, I will most definitely be coming here again! 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

My favourite base products

As I am getting more into posting regular blog posts at the moment, I thought I would start a small beauty series, showing you all of my favourite products. Today, I'm starting with the essential base products. 

I don't usually need to use a primer everday, but for the days where I want a little bit more coverage in some places, the POREfessional primer by Benefit is my favourite to use. I use a pea-sized amount and smooth it across the apples of my cheeks and my nose, as those are the places that I tend to loose coverage throughout the day. It applies so smoothly and helps my foundation stay put all day.

My favourite foundation is most definitely my NARS Sheer Glow foundation. I have the colour Mont Blanc and it gives me a slightly darker colour than I am, but you really can't tell once I've blended it all in properly. It creates a beautiful duey glow on my skin and also provides coverage, which is perfect for all year round!

For concealer, obviously the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer is one of my favourites. However, I decided to include two other products that are underrated in my opinion. The MAC Studio Finish concealer is an absolute dream for coverage, and I have the colour NW15. It comes in a little pot and is a very thick consistency, which is why I only use it for blemishes and areas that need a little bit more coverage, instead of underneath my eyes. It gives amazing coverage, and I've found that since the colour that I have is quite light, it also works really nicely as a natural looking brow highlight.

I think just about the only highlighting concealer that really gets any recognition is the YSL Touche Eclat. However, since I've found this little gem, I won't be purchasing that anytime soon. I use the L'OREAL Lumi Magique concealer in any places that I want to highlight, such as the bridge of my nose, cheekbones and brow bone. This is a concealer/highlighter hybrid that is a light consistency, which brings the perfect balance of coverage and radiance. Don't get me wrong, in terms of coverage it isn't the best on the market, but it does give a very subtle and natural sheen to the skin when applied, and it is so inexpensive! 

What are your favourite base products?