Monday, 24 July 2017

Homeware Wishlist




Hiya everyone, I hope you're all having a great day. I've been absolutely exhausted for some weird reason today.


I'm always on the hunt for beautiful home decor things and I put together this little 'wish list' style post of all the things i've been loving at the minute. Rose gold/copper is definitely the biggest thing i've been loving at the minute.


This is definitely a short and sweet post today but homeware is definitely something i've been lusting over at the minute. I've also been obsessed with Pinterest recently, i'll leave my link at the bottom of the page in case you fancy a nosey. 
 






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Copper carafe
£28 - oliverbonas.com


Diptyque wick candle
£49 - barneys.com


Copper home accessory
£10.00 - amazon.com




amara.com







I hope you all have an amazing rest of the week, I've put up lots of new posts recently so i'd love it if you checked them out! 


What are your favourite homeware stores?! 











Saturday, 22 July 2017

WEEK 1 // Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Journey



Hi everyone, I hope you've all had an absolutely amazing week! 



Disclaimers

So before I get into all the details of what this post is really about, I just wanted to say that this is my personal journey and if you don't agree with losing weight by calorie counting or anything like that then this post probably isn't going to be your cup of tea, which is absolutely fine, I'm just pre warning you. 


Secondly, this is to do with building my own body confidence, i'm well aware, as everyone should be, that losing weight doesn't equate to happiness however for me personally, this is one of the only aspects of my life which I know I can make a positive change in. 


Hopefully there's some people out there who can relate to this, if you do please let me know in the comments and if you don't relate to this then I'm sorry, but please keep any negativity to yourself. Constructive criticism is very welcome but please don't do it in a nasty way. 






AN INTRODUCTION

So i've always had a little battle with my weight and the way my body looks. When I was in my early teens I did a lot of dancing and I was in good shape, however after quitting and getting into unhealthy eating habits like secret eating and overeating when I went out, my body changed and I didn't do anything to stop it.


During my time in 6th form I always considered myself as the 'bigger' friend, as my whole friendship group were generally in really good shape and I just didn't do anything about my weight even though deep down I knew I was unhappy with the way I looked and felt, especially on nights out when I couldn't share clothes or anything like that when the other girls could. 


I did a year at uni in London and that was when I really piled on the pounds. I was constantly eating 'feel good' food, and by that I mean constant snacking, lots of junk food and take aways and no exercise. I gained a huge amount of weight before I came back home for a year out.


Today, I live at home and go to uni in my home town where i'm going to be entering my third year in September. At the minute, being really into blogging I want to feel confident doing outfit posts, and I'm so sick of going to the stores I want to shop in and either not being able to wear what I want because it really doesn't suit me, or having to buy the biggest size available. I'm very top-heavy which is so much worse as this definitely emphasises my 'big' shape.


 I'm not saying that if you are a similar weight/shape/size to me that you should feel like this, like I said this is a personal journey for me to feel good about myself. 








WEEK 1


Start Weight: 11 stone 3

Current Weight: 11 stone 0.4 lbs

Weight Lost This Week: 2.5 lbs



HOW I DID IT

I've tried numerous diets and for me personally, counting calories is the best one for me. This way I can eat pretty much what I want (within reason) and I don't have that urge to binge. I know people like diets like Slimming World and Weight Watchers but honestly, I didn't get on with SW as I felt there were too many rules and restrictions. I also feel like through calorie counting I'm less likely to binge, as if i want some chocolate, I can have it. It's all about finding a balance and developing a good routine and relationship with the food you eat.


This week I restricted every day to 1500 calories. I hate going to the gym and exercising so this was a week of 0 workouts for me. I've been using My Fitness Pal which is amazing and free, you can log all your foods and it counts the calories and macros automatically for you. 


I'm not going to do food journals (unless you guys want me to?) But here's some general things i've been eating and yes, it's filled me up! I think my biggest problem is that I'm a huge overeater. I like to snack when I actually could be having a glass of water instead. 



Typical Breakfast: 30g of cereal with semi skimmed milk (approx 165 calories)

Typical Lunch: Toasted white pitta (sometimes 2 if i'm super hungry) with lots of tomatoes (approx 350 calories) 

Typical Dinner: Red onion and chive bagel, meat free popcorn chicken and ketchup (approx 428 calories) 

Typical Snacks: Tomatoes and the bubbles of joy chocolate mousses (approx 130 calories) 





HOW I FELT

Honestly, at the beginning of the week I just wanted to snack constantly. But I've learnt how to space out my meals and snacks properly and i've been drinking loads of water and now, at the end of the week, I feel sooo much better in myself. I'm definitely in a good frame of mind and I'm excited to keep this up.

I think that healthy eating has definitely improved my mood and energy levels, and now I look forward to one 'cheat' meal rather than having an abundance of them throughout the week.









I'm currently having a pizza as my cheat meal, and i'm not going to lie i'm SO excited for this.


Let me know if you've made any positive changes recently, it doesn't have to be weight related!


Hope you all have an amazing weekend!





Thursday, 20 July 2017

Zoella Beauty // Jelly And Gelato


Hi lovelies, I hope you're having an ace day so far! Today I went into town to pick up my Superdrug order and I'm so happy I managed to get my hands on a couple of bits from the new Zoella beauty range.


Firstly, the theme is absolutely amazing for Summer! Jelly and Gelato is such a different idea, I was so curious to how it would smell as i'm not usually a huge fan of fruity scents, this is why I only chose to get two things in case I hated the smell. 


I picked up the shower sauce (£5.00) and the pink bath wafers (£5.00). There's a sale on at the minute on Superdrug's website, so if you're going to buy some then there's some money off for you! 













I've used both of these products today and I have to say i'm massively impressed. To be honest i've only ever used one Zoella beauty product before, and that was the bath latte from the sweet inspirations collections. It didn't last me too long as I loved it so i'm not sure why i've never bought anything else from her beauty range.




The shower sauce is definitely a fruity smell, and at first I was quite shocked as to how strong it was however, it's a really good, thick consistency which means it doesn't just run off when you're washing. The strong scent is for sure a good thing as you smell lovely even hours after you've showered.









I used one of the bath wafers today and I have to say they are so thick! I was surprised at how weighty these were, as I was expecting them to be quite thin. The generous size block is so good as it lasts long enough in the bath so make it smell amazing, and give it a lovely baby pink tint. I actually hate it when fizzers last a really long time so I was relieved that these lasted long enough for the product to 'work', but it wasn't just fizzing for ages. 



Honestly, I think this is a really lovely, Summer collection and I can't wait until it hits Superdrug stores so I can add to my collection. The packaging is so beautiful and the quality of the products and packaging is amazing, especially for a 'high street' brand. 



Have you picked up anything from the new Zoella Jelly and Gelato range yet?! 








Wednesday, 19 July 2017


New Years Resolutions // A Mid-Year Update





Hiya lovelies! 


So today is a short, but sweet, post about whether or not i'm keeping to my new years resolutions and just a general life update.


I don't usually like to make new years resolutions as I never stick to them, or I forget about them halfway through the year but this year I have (mostly) tried to stick to them.



1.
One of my goals was to go cruelty free, and this is definitely something that I've managed to stick to. Sometimes it's been hard as a beauty blogger, as there's been so many amazing releases this year and products which i've wanted to try, but couldn't. But, overall I think it's a really good principle to stick to and i'm so happy that i've managed to do that.  I own a few non-cruelty free products, but thats because they've been too expensive to just throw away, but once they're used up then I won't repurchase them.


2.
The second resolution I set myself was to better my time management, and this was more aimed at uni assignments and exam revision rather than anything else. I managed to finish uni (2nd year) with a 2:1, but I know I can do better so this is definitely a resolution which I need to keep in mind and work on when I go into third year.


3.
Healthy eating/lifestyle. Okay so I have definitely slipped on this one, however this weekend I got back into counting calories and macros and I'm just in a much better mind frame going into it this time. I started the year off well, I lost a bit of weight then I definitely slipped up and couldn't get back into it. Recently i've felt quite 'down' about my figure and I want to take cute outfit posts however I'm just so unhappy with the way my body looks that I don't feel confident enough to yet. I'm determined to get back into shape so hopefully i'll end the year off feeling better about myself! 










Did you set any resolutions for this year and did you manage to stick to them?! 







Monday, 17 July 2017


My Everyday Makeup


Hiya everyone, I hope you all had an amazing weekend, I had a pretty lazy one! Just to let you all know I have a giveaway going on at the minute, I'll leave a link at the bottom of this page if you fancy entering to win some beauty goodies! 



So I thought i'd do a simple post today to let you guys know what my everyday, go-to products are for doing my makeup, as i'm always so nosey and love to see what everyone usually uses! 


I haven't included a foundation, this is because I do like to switch it up and use different ones depending on what coverage I want on that day and also because it's summer sometimes I just go for a concealer if it's hot! 





First up is this Makeup Revolution bronzer, highlight and blush trio palette. I absolutely love this, it's so pigmented and the tones are perfect for my skin colour. It's affordable and really nicely formulated so it's definitely a good buy!



I absolutely love this loose powder from MUA. It kind of has a yellow-tone to it which looks absolutely incredible on. It sets all your makeup perfectly and stops it from sliding throughout the day. Again, this is super affordable and does an amazing job.






I absolutely love this brow pomade by Makeup Revolution. It's super pigmented and nice and creamy so it applies really well. I don't use the brush they provide, I actually use my Zoeva wing liner brush however it does the job! 






I have expressed my anger multiple times at the fact that NARS are no longer cruelty free, however this palette is the absolute dream. I use it every day and it's perfect for day and night looks. It's super pigmented and blends really well. The shimmer shades are super pigmented as well which is nice. This palette is pretty pricey but definitely worth it for me as I have used it every day since buying it and will continue to use it for a looong time.







So until recently I wasn't really too keen on this concealer, mainly because I just bought it on a bit of a whim when I was running out of another one. But recently I started using an eyeshadow brush to blend this in rather than using my fingers or a beauty blender, and oh my god the difference is amazing. It's super pigmented and blends amazingly, it also hides dark circles really well!






I have naturally quite long and thick lashes so it's always a struggle to find that perfect mascara as I hate clumpy lashes! Better than Sex does an okay job but I have to make sure I don't put tooo much on as sometimes it looks a bit OTT. It was quite expensive (it came in the Kat Von D and Too Faced collab collection!) so i'm trying to use it up!



The Kat Von D tattoo liner is definitely a holy grail of mine, It's so heavily pigmented and stays on all day long. Even when you do cat eye flicks they don't smudge or anything during the day, I absolutely love it!






Colourpop liquid lipsticks are my go-to at the minute, I also love the NYX creamy matte lipsticks as well, but these colourpop shades are just so summery and bright! I change my lip products quite regularly so I don't have one particular go-to at the minute.



Do you have any makeup bag staples, or is there a product you reach for every day?






Link to my giveaway:






Friday, 14 July 2017


COLOURPOP // Mini Haul & First Impressions



Hiya everyone, I hope you've all had an ace week, I'm so excited it's finally the weekend, yaaaay! Have you guys got much planned, or just having a chilled out one?


So, I know it's been a couple of months since my Colourpop order came and I've only just got round to reviewing it properly, this was because mainly I wanted the chance to test all the colours and their durability and also to test their packaging etc. 




SHIPPING

So, I placed my order when Colourpop had a free international shipping deal for orders over $30. Now, as I live in the UK I was expecting to pay a customs fee, so just keep this in mind if you order from there that depending on how big your order is, you will have a customs charge. Places like Tarte have started adding them to your overall when you pay however Colourpop haven't done this yet. So ordering when there's a free shipping deal is the best time to order in my opinion as then you don't get shipping fees and a customs fee. (For this whole order my customs fee was just over £15!)


My order didn't actually take too long to arrive, I placed my order on the 24th of April and they were with me on the 5th of May. Speedy international delivery! 







SHIPPING PACKAGING


So, the packaging for Colourpop is super cute and very durable. Considering this package was shipped internationally I was pleased that everything inside was safely wrapped up and the box was incredibly durable. I get a bit anxious when ordering from another country that they won't package things properly and that everything is going to arrive all messed up but nope, Colourpop packaging is amazing.



THE PRODUCTS THEMSELVES

The first thing I picked up was the 'Up and Away' lip bundle which cost $15. I thought this was a more than reasonable price for 3 lip products and the colours are definitely my favourite shades of colours. The products included Love Bug (ultra matte), Mama (ultra matte) and Calypso (ultra satin). 







(Mama top, Love Bug middle & Calypso bottom)





(Mars top, Donut middle & Creeper bottom) 



I then decided to pick up 3 more individual colours which, were kind of 'out there' for me and something I wouldn't usually go for but I'm trying to grow my colour collection so I thought I'd just go for it.

I picked up Mars, Donut and Creeper which are all in the ultra matte formula and they all cost $6 each.



FORMULAS


Overall for the price I was extremely impressed with the Colourpop formulas. The ultra matte lipsticks really are what they say they are, they last all day long and when you eat and drink they STILL last! I personally love lipsticks where I don't have to constantly top them up all day and these are perfect. After a while they crack a tiny bit and depending on the colour you do need to top it up after a while but only once or twice throughout the day. One thing I will say though is that if you hate really dry, matte lip kits then these probably aren't for you as their longevity does mean they do dry your lips out a bit. The ultra satin one is probably my favourite though as it's still really matte, however not quite as drying as the ultra matte ones. The lip kits are also incredibly pigmented and for the price it's so impressive.








THE CONS

Honestly, there's not much at all that I dislike about what I bought from Colourpop. The only problems I have are that the writing on the packaging does tend to rub away once you've used it a few times which is a bit annoying as then you can't see where they're from or anything. The only other con is that you have to take into account that there will be a customs charge, but if you order whilst there's a free shipping offer it does make it a bit better. 










Overall, I'm so happy that I decided to take the plunge and order from Colourpop as I've definitely got the use out of them and they're just really lovely, affordable lip products to have in your collection. Also with free shipping the price for all these was amazing!



Have you ever bought anything from Colourpop before, or would you ever buy anything from there? I'd love to hear your opinions on this brand! 

















Thursday, 13 July 2017

My Top Foundation Tips




Hiya lovelies, I hope you're all having an amazing week so far, I made the most amazing fudgey brownies today and I'm so excited to demolish them all later haha! I'm so happy to be getting back into my blogging routine, I've even started planning some Christmas posts! (I know it's only July but you can never start planning Christmas too early, right?!)



One of the biggest things I had to establish recently within my make up routine was how to stop my foundation looking cakey and flakey. I do suffer with quite dry skin from time to time and I feel like that prevents me from having that 'flawless' finish on my foundation. I thought i'd share some of the tips I've learnt to prevent this, so hopefully they'll help you too! 








GET A FOUNDATION WITH THE CORRECT COVERAGE & COLOUR FOR YOUR SKIN

Okay so this is probably one of the biggest things I've encountered which really makes a difference. If your skin is quite dry I'd recommend getting a low/medium coverage foundation and building it up. Sometimes when you slap on a full coverage foundation it can 'clog' up your pores and make them more visible or add to that 'cakey' look. I would definitely recommend getting a colour match at some point, loads of beauty counters do them for free! Avoid buying something which is too dark/too light for your skin tone. If you're buying online there's an amazing website called 'Findation' which has loads of brands and will tell you what colour you need, amazing!



BUILD UP THE COVERAGE SLOWLY

Again, this kind of plays on from the first tip, but don't rush when doing your foundation. Start off with a small amount of product, ensuring it's completely blended in before adding another layer. This will stop that 'cakey' look as you wont be piling on too much product. 



SET WITH POWDER

A setting powder works wonders! If you're like me and get a bit oily throughout the day, adding some setting powder prevents your foundation from slipping down your face and building up in certain areas.



CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES

Okay so this one is kind of a chore, and one of the most boring (yet satisfying) things to do in my beauty regime. But honestly, clean brushes make a huge difference in the way your foundation applies to your face. When you use dirty, cakey brushes your make up isn't going to apply as well as if they were clean and fresh. 








DIFFERENT FOUNDATIONS NEED DIFFERENT TOOLS

So here's a good tip, different foundation work better with different tools/brushes. For example, the Estee Lauder double wear foundation looks incredible when you use a beauty blender, however my Make Up Forever HD foundation works better and looks better when I use a classic foundation brush. Experiment with different blending tools to find out which one works best for your foundation.



APPLY A PRIMER 

Using a primer for your face make up honestly makes a huuuge difference, not only to the way your make up looks when it's on your face, but also in it's longevity and the way it stays on your face throughout the day. Primers stop your makeup from sliding away throughout the day and prevent that horrible, cakey build up.



BLEND, BLEND & BLEND AGAIN

Blending is one of the biggest things when applying foundation, make sure your foundation is blended all the way up to your hairline and don't forget your neck either! Nobody likes that solid, orangey line on your jawline. Well-blended foundation adds to that flawless look and stops it looking so cakey. (Don't forget to check your lighting too, natural light is the best for seeing if you've missed any bits and for checking the colour!)




I hope you've found this post helpful, let me know if you've got any foundation tips in the comments!