• OOTD – Wild Hair Date Night.

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    A few months ago my mum treated Harvey and myself to a Living Social voucher for a meal at Chutney in Nottingham.

    We’d taken a while to decide when to go but we finally used it the other week. We both dressed up for the occasion which was nice, I love seeing Harvey in collared tops.

    I wore the top and jeans to work during the day but dressed it up for the evening my adding a kimono that I’d bought for America and my favourite heeled boots of the moment. My hair was super crazy by this point cause I’d put it up in twists while wet the night before, it looked good when I woke up but was nice and frizz-tastic by the end of the day!

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    Accessories wise I went with the usual jewellery that I always wear keeping it nice and simple.

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    What are your tips for taking an outfit from day to night?

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  • Sunday Fundays – Twycross Zoo..

    SundayFundaysI thought I’d do a new feature on here for a bit.

    I’m calling it Sunday Fundays because Harvey and Myself have started to make plans for Sundays because now he’s got regular hours at his new job he always has Sundays off so it’s nice to make the most of them rather than sitting inside all day.

    I thought I’d catch you up with the first two Sundays we’ve spent together.

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    The first trip we took was fairly close to home, it was actually Harveys idea to go to the zoo that weekend and I was happy to go to Twycross zoo. I have so many memories from from this zoo, my Grandma used to take me and we would have such great day trips bonding over our love of animals. Although the Zoo itself has changed a lot I still had so much nostalgia being there and remembering past trips.

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    The idea to go here came to me thanks to Groupon. I saw an offer on one of the many emails you get from them for a maize maze and I loved the idea of it. I thought it’d be a large commercial maze but actually, it was just in the middle of a field run by some people in a portacabin. It was so much fun and we spent quite a long time wandering round it trying to collect the letters to work out the answer to the question they gave you before you headed in.

    Afterwards we drove up the road and into the woods to find the Kinema in the Woods, which is a really old, tiny cinema in the woods would you have guessed it. They play all modern films that you’d find in the cinema but they have an interval in the middle and they have someone on an old fashioned organ come up from the ground & play a half time song. We didn’t actually go in but it was cool to see and would be a good idea if we were heading that way again. We did however go sort of next door to the Tea Rooms in the Woods for some lunch, it was quaint on the outside but like a proper restaurant on the inside. We were really lucky with the weather and it was good to go on a bit of a road trip.

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    I’m really looking forward to future Sundays that we spend together.

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  • Room Tour


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    It’s been over a year since I moved out of my flat and back into my parents and I thought it was about time that I did a room tour.

    Before I moved home I made sure that my dad helped decorate my room for me, I chose to keep it light and bright so went with a really pale grey shade for the walls and then a bit of accent wallpaper for under the built in wardrobes, it’s from Laura Ashley and I absolutely love it plus I’m so impressed we got the paint and wallpaper such a close colour match.

    Slowly but surely I’ve been adding bits to my room to make it feel more homely and I thought I’d share with you my favourite bits.

    I have to admit, I think the shelf above my bed is my favourite part of my room. I feel like it brings a bit of personality to my room. Here I keep all my books, mainly self help and religious books, aside from Mockingjay and The Wolf of Wall Street. I also have my Mini Dianna camera because I’m yet to actually put film in it and take it out for a play so while it’s not in use it’s a nice little decoration. Two personal items on my shelf are the Card that my parents got me because I always joke that my sisters the favourite daughter so they saw this and thought of me, and also the bottle of coca-cola, anyone that knows me knows that I used to be an absolute fiend for the stuff but I’d given up drinking it by the time that the named bottles came out, but when my sister found one with my name on she saved it for me. Goodness knows how flat it is now but I like it as decoration, is that weird?

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    If you follow me on instagram then you’ll probably be familiar with the above view of my bedroom, but below is the other end where most of the furniture is.

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    Here I have my skincare cabinet that I bought for £10 from the British Heart Foundation, yes, three shelves of skincare and no I do not need all of it but I’m working my way through it all I swear!

    I also have all my entertainment bits like my PlayStation and my Now TV box along with the TV that I used to have in my lounge at the flat that I fought to have in my room because it’s so big. It’s been there so long now I don’t even think it’s that big any more. I also keep my hair grips, cotton pads and cotton buds in little glass jar type things along with a tray to keep the jewellery I wear most often in.

    Above the TV I have a shelf where I keep my spare candle, my jewellery stand and two candle holders that I use for decoration which I got years ago from a Jamie Oliver party, your modern day Tupperware party.

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    The chest of drawers under my TV is where I keep all my makeup in the top draw and then t-shirts and shorts/leggings in the other two drawers. Again, it does seem mad that I have a whole drawer full of makeup but I do love the stuff!

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    On the other side of my room I have my dressing table/desk where I do all my makeup. This part of my room has changed a bit because I’ve actually moved my makeup brushes over to some pots that I’ve saved from my Grandmas belongings.

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    desk_detailsUnderneath this is my least favourite part where I store all sorts of bits and bobs, it always looks a mess but I can’t seem to make it look organised. Any tips for making it look better would be much appreciated.

    Overall I’m so happy with my room, I keep adding to it and changing bits that I’ve accumulated. I’m usually told off by my dad for spending too much time in my room but I always say he shouldn’t have made it so nice to be in!

    Is your bedroom your safe haven or is it a space you just sleep in?

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  • American Beauty Haul

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    Its been a long time coming but here is my American beauty haul. I wanted to get this up before I get the reviews of them up on the blog.

    Its actually missing a sample size pot of Glam Glow Youth Mud and some nail polish that had hidden away still in my suitcase.

    The majority of these products were purchased from Sephora, either from 3rd Street in Santa Monica or the one in The Venetian in Las Vegas.

    You may have even spotted that I treated Harvey to some Abercrombie & Fitch cologne because whenever I’m in the store it smells amazing, I think it’s my new favourite smell on a man.

    I admit I went rather crazy but I have to admit I don’t regret a single purchase!

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    Let me know which products you’d like me to review first.

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  • OOTD Flashing Some Flesh.

    OOTDMelsBirthday Following on from the previous post I thought I’d share an OOTD with you of the outfit that went with the makeup.

    I bought this dress for Las Vegas and I thought while the weather was still nice (it ended up raining that evening) I’d try and get more wear out of it.

    Recently I’ve been loving the label Oh My Love, I’ve been buying it from Topshop but I’m not sure if you can find it from anywhere else.

    This dress caught my eye because of the back, it doesn’t look particularly special from the front. I wanted to be a bit more daring with what I wore while in Vegas and instead of going with showing off the chest I went with showing some flesh on my back. I was glad of that decision after my chest burnt to a crisp in LA.

    I feel amazing in this dress, I love dressing up and wearing something special.

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    For accessories I wore some gold bangles I got from Tunisia, the gold ring is from & Other Stories and the above knuckle rings are from Brandy Melville, necklace is vintage from my great aunt. Bag was an amazing find from Primark and shoes are my go to heels from ALDO years ago.

    Are you a dressing up kind of person or do you prefer to keep nights out more casual?

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  • #FOTD 7 – Purple Party Eyes.

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    [Products Used - MUFE HD Foundation | Maybeline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer | Tarte Amazonian Clay Full coverage Airbrush Foundation | Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Powder | Nars Laguna Bronzer | Kiko 108 Soft Touch Blush | ILAH Brow Travel Kit | MAC Teddy Eyeliner | MAC Rose, Cranberry, Plum Dressing & Sketch eyeshadows | MAC Teddy Eyeliner | Bourjois Liner Clubbing | Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara]

    A few weeks ago it was Mel’s birthday and in true girly style I got completely dressed up and headed out for drinks and a dance in Nottingham.

    I decided to go for something a bit more than the usual smokey eye and took inspiration from the dress I wore (outfit post on that to come). I’m not a massive fan of how it photographed but I loved it in real life.

    It’s nice to be a bit out the box with your makeup and I don’t get the opportunity to do so very often so I made the most of it for this occasion.

    How do you feel about bringing out some colour when it comes to eye makeup?

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  • New Month New Start.

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    Look who’s back, back again.

    Well that was a longer break than expected, but I needed it, no one wants to read blog posts that have had no thought put into them.

    It’s a new month so I’m starting a fresh and starting to get back on track with things.

    Look out for lots of new posts over on here, it feels good to have things going again.

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  • Review – Garnier Fresh Eye Ma..

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    Following on from the previous review of the Garnier Micellar Water I’m reviewing the Garnier Fresh Eye Makeup Remover.

    Like I said in my previous post I will always use the process where I use eye makeup remover followed by micellar water then finishing off with toner.

    This does a great job at clearing the majority of eye makeup, even waterproof. For what products I use on my face I don’t have to worry about anything being left behind.

    The makeup remover does have quite a strong scent which may not agree with a lot of people but I really like it, and it’s a really nice smell personally. The whole range smells great!

    There’s not much else I can say about it other than I like it, and for the cost I’m happy with it and there’s enough in the bottle to last you a fair amount of time.

    Look out for the final review from this range.

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  • Guest Bloggers – Thank You.

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    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the girls that came and did guest posts for me while I was away, it took a lot of pressure off my shoulders to have things written for while I was off and gave me a much needed break.

    I’m back now and looking forward to getting back to blogging three times a week like I was before I went away.

    There will still be beauty/review related posts but I will also be doing some about my holiday too, once I’ve gone through 3000 photos.

    If you missed the posts you can find them here & follow their names to go through to the blog homes of the girls that wrote for me.

    Aimee BelleHow I Prepare For Holidays

    Amanda In A TeacupTake One Dress

    Style By AmberSummer Foundations For Acne

    Elsa Pell - Gold And Turquoise Eyeshadow Tutorial

    SeriouslyShallow10 Beauty Rules To Break

     

    Thanks again girls!

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  • 10 Beauty Rules To Break – Se..

    Hello All
    I’m Sarah and I usually blog over at SeriouslyShallow about fashion and beauty things – all the pretty stuff in life!
    Sally has kindly let me do a guest post while she’s off on her travels. I got to thinking about rules and tips, because I love a list. Now, we all know the basic beauty rules – we’re brought up with them. Rules make us feel safe and give us a playbook that says we can’t go wrong. But which ones are you better off breaking? Here’s the lowdown on the ten beauty rules it pays to break.
    In the UK, there seems to be a culture that you have to wash your hair every single day. Each time you step in the shower, its automatically assumed that you should reach for the shampoo as well as the shower gel. But could you actually be over-washing your hair and causing all kinds of problems, including dandruff, limp locks and even grease!
    Washing your hair every day strips away all the natural oils. The body tries to compensate by over-producing sebum, and then you get left with greasy, lank locks. So you…surprise surprise…wash it! And the cycle continues.
    Time to invest in a shower cap? Step down to washing your hair once or twice a week, and once it adjusts, you’ll be left with healthier, better conditioned locks. For those days when you need an extra lift, well that’s what dry shampoo was invented for!
    Those of us with an oilier complexion – and that includes practically every teenager on the planet – would usually avoid adding more oil like the plague. What good could that possibly do, we think? And I’ll admit it does sound a little counter-intuitive. Your body’s sebaceous glands housed beneath the skin produce a natural barrier substance. But when hormones and high temperatures are involved, this can get out of balance, and you can find yourself with an oil slick for a face!
    To treat this, many people resort to harsh, astringent cleansers to strip away the oils, but these are actually the wrong thing to do in a lot of cases. They can irritate the skin and cause soreness, dryness and more oil production as skin stuggles to balance itself out.
    But the oil your skin produces is very different than the pure, plant-based oils in a facial product. A quality oil will replenish your skin with essential fatty acids, meaning your sebaceous glands can take a breather and stop working overtime. Look for a quality oil – cheaper products often contain less refined ingredients with more fillers and additives. Pure, organic compounds made of rosehip, argan, macadamia, jojoba etc give the best results. Quality doesn’t have to be insanely pricey though-  The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oil can be used on face, hair and body, comes in several different varieties and will leave problem skin glowing and soft – try it and see!
    A few drops go a long way, and its usually best applied at night time for an intensive skin boost.
    This is the number one beauty rule, right? If you’re wearing bold or dark eye colours, keep the lips neutral. And a bright pout has to be tempered with tame eye make-up, right? Well…actually….ahhh, you guessed it. This is a beauty rule its worth breaking. Half the fun of cosmetics is exploring, experimenting and trying things out.
    But how can you rock bright bold lips with well defined eyes and not look like Coco the Clown? Turns out there are a couple of tricks to making this rule-breaking beauty work. Number one is to skip the blusher. More than two competing colours could really throw your look of track. You want to go for subtle definition, because the rest of your make-up has to hold its own. So the best way is to subtly contour cheeks with a shade of matte bronzer (for heavens sake, nothing sparkly), just a couple of shades darker than your natural skintone.
    Next, keep skin matte. No dewiness, no highlighter. The other make-up are the stars here, so skin must be a blank canvas.
    Finally, pay attention to the undertones of the colours you’re wearing.  When you
    use cooler undertones on the eye and want to pair a bolder lip with them, try reaching for one with similar cooler undertones. Look for
    colors that will complement, balance, and play well together.
    To get a perfect pout, especially a brightly-coloured one, you must always use a lipliner, right? Well, it turns out that isn’t neccessarily so. You can chuck out the twelve different shades of liner and array of lipbrushes in favour of a much simplier tool – your fingers! When you use a brush or even swipe your lipstick on straight from the bullet, you can end up with harsh lines and a saturated colour.
    A much better option is to pat on some lipstick using your fingertip. You’ll have more control over the level of coverage and can build up from a faint wash to a bold statement lip far easier.
    Plus, the heat from your fingers helps to melt the colour into your lips, so that flushed, natural look is much easier to master. And, pop the finger in your mouth and draw it out, and any errant lipstick on your teeth is also a thing of the past. Go digits!
    We’re always told that the best way to make your eye colour pop is to wear an opposite colour -  so blue on brown eyes and bronzes on blue eyes. And while there is certainly something to be said for a bit of contrast, I’d encourage you to look again at your palettes and grab a shade that matches your iris.
    Using a colour close to your real shade gives the appearance of much larger eyes, especially on the lower lash line. Here I am showing some brown shadow on my brown eyes. It looks much more organic, and with a competing colour out of the way, you can play with shapes instead to really balance and re-sculpt the face.
    I sometimes wear coloured contacts, and one of my favourite things to do when I’m ‘wearing’ blue eyes it to line my lower lashes with a shot of sapphire. It really perks your whole look up and draws attention to your colour.
    Lipstick is for lips, right? That’s what they tell us. And while I wouldn’t recommend smearing your lipstick all over your forehead, there is a place on your visage that’s crying out for some lipstick love- and that’s your cheeks!
    A lipstick is a perfect substitute for a cream blusher and can provide a natural and pretty flush to your cheeks. It’s best to use one with a creamy texture, for blendability. There’s also a beauty about using a lipstick with a glossy formulation, and this catches the light and provides an in-built highlight, defining your bone structure and adding a youthful flush to skin.
    Using a lipstick on my cheeks is actually one of my favourite tricks, and its also great if you’re in a hurry. Here I’m wearing L’Oreal’s Rouge Caresse lipstick in ‘Lovely Rose’, a pale cool-toned pink, on my lips and its also bringing a subtle flush to my cheeks – perfect if you’re wary of stripy, unconvincing blushers!
    As a sort of reverse of the above logic, there are other places on your face where eyeshadow can really work for you.
    Eyeshadows are intensely pigmented and can really give your lip colour a new dimension. Plenty of make-up artists intensify a red pout by pressing red powder shadow or loose pigment on top of the lips, and this gives a glorious velvet texture as well.
    And there’s a lot you can do with metallic shadows to really amp up your pout – a bit of gold or pink shimmer paired with a clear gloss and you have yourself a whole new look.
    Here I’ve used an older trick -  a bit of white shimmer shadow added to the very centre of your lips makes them look much fuller and really brings the skin to life. Bourjois Light Concentre de Lumiere was design to lighten and frost other eyeshadows, but pressing it into your pout makes your lips pop and your lipstick look about a thousand times better. So experiement with eyeshades and see what makes your kisser look good!
    Lipgloss goes on TOP of your lip colour, right? Right? Well, you know by now that I’m going to say no. Of course, that is one way to do it. But using gloss as an undercoat can bring a different dimension into play and also make your lip colours do double duty.
    Take the picture above. I’m using a Mac Frost Lipstick in ‘Costa Chic’, which is a really popping bright orange. Its a stunning colour, but what happens on days when you don’t want something that bright? Or when it doesn’t match your make-up?
    Popping a coat of clear gloss on first results in a paler shade that’s pretty and fresh. The middle shot is the gloss on first method, and you can see that the colour transforms into a very pretty sheer coral.
    And you can make lip colours go darker too by adding a plum or blue smile enhancing gloss under your chosen shade. Double the mileage from your lipsticks? That has to be good!
    This is such a common myth and I reckon its the one most of us always get wrong. Not sure where this piece of erroneous advice even came from, but it seems to be in constant circulation and never goes away.
    Almost without thinking, we swipe new foundations onto our jawlines to check whether they match our skintone. But stop just a minute. The angular shape of a jawline casts shadows, right? So it stands to reason that these shadows will affect the appearance of the colour, toning it down and cooling it off. Suddenly emerged from the shop with a shade that now looks orange and unconvincing? Oh yeah…
    So, where should you be testing out base colours? The best place is actually your chest. The goal is to find a shade that seamlessly blends in to your natural tones and matches the rest of your body. That way tidemarks are a thing of the past.The chest is the only other area that’s exposed
    to the same amount of sunlight as the face. By matching your base to
    your chest’s skin tone, you won’t risk looking ghostly pale or
    unnaturally dark. Finally!
    This ‘rule’ is the one I always fall foul of myself. Everyone wants big, beautiful eyes, and most people are aware that lining all the way around the eye visually closes it up and makes your gaze look smaller.
    As a result, I’ve been phobic about lining under the eyes for years, and yet I kept spotting pretty make-up looks that used lower lash-lining to beautiful effect. So how can you line under there and avoid an eye closing effect?
    Couple of tricks. The first is not to use an eyeliner. Using a powder shadow under the eye gives a softer, more diffused effect that’s more flattering.
    The second is to make the line thicker than usual -  and use a colour that isn’t black. A thin, black line will make your eyes look piggy and small, but using a wider stripe that’s more diffuse actually does the reverse, opens the look of the eyes up and makes them look bigger. And experiment with dark shades that aren’t black – brown, taupe, navy and grey will all still have impact but won’t look as harsh.
    Finally, tapping a little shimmer or a light colour into the inner corners with a tapered brush or your little finger will bring more light to the area and balance out the under line, ensuring you still look bright eyed and beautiful. Et voila, all the drama and none of the small peepers!
    And that’s it – I hope you enjoyed breaking some rules with me and trying out a few tips to experiment with. Let me know what beauty rules you’ve been breaking lately!