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Reflecting on 2017.

It's that weird stage inbetween Christmas and New Year when I start to reflective on the past year and what's to come... Everyone else has the same feeling, right?


Favourite Beauty Discoveries of 2017.

It's that time of year again!


Christmas To Do List.

Christmas is just around the corner, well, next weekend but you know.


Wedding Haul & Update.

The wedding is less than 5 months away, eeeek!


January Sales Wishlist.

Although there always seems to be sales throughout the year now, around Christmas and going into January most places seem to have 50% off or more, and it's the one time I like to splash out and treat myself.


My Brow Routine

Out of everything in my beauty routine, brows are the one thing that really can go one way or another. Use the wrong products and I'm potentially gunna look like an extra pantomime...


My Festive Makeup Picks

It's pretty much been Christmas for the best part of 2 weeks already - and for me there's nothing better than festive, glittery, Christmas makeup!


My Evening Skincare Routine

It's been a while since I've spoken about skincare, the main reason being just how crazy my skin has been over the past 3 months.


Some Affordable Makeup Favourites

As much as I love using highend makeup, there are some seriously impressive products out there that are more affordable yet just as good (if not better)


Keeping Motivated During The Winter Months

When it comes to the winter months I definitely become a little demotivated, all I want to do is be cosy and, to be honest, a little lazy...


Glossier... Is It Worth The Hype?

 For me Glossier coming to the UK was the most exciting beauty news of the year,  it's my kinda brand and that packaging - well it's so aesthetically pleasing isn't it?!


What I Learned From My Social Media Break

Social media is a massive part of my life, and I got to the point where I just needed a break...
A few weeks back I took 5/6 days off social media. It was a Sunday evening and I had just had enough, sick and tired of feeling unproductive because I was just sat there on my phone. During my little break I realised just how much time I spend online, and that I needed to make a change.

I spend far too much time looking at a screen
Not only do I write my blog but I also work as a social media manager too, so I would say that 11 hours of my day is spent behind a screen, if not more! I know this is bad, I definitely want to educate myself further because I'm sure there's going to be some side effects from that health wise - it's crazy. Whether it's a television, laptop or my phone my little break has given me the boost I need to do more offline. I'm going to the gym now, listening to music and reading, and I already feel so much better for it.

Breaks work wonders for productivity levels and ability to be creative
Writers block is real, and for me I get a similar feeling when it comes to my photography too. Publishing endless amounts of posts, pictures to the gram and pointless tweets is incredibly time consuming, leaving no time to experience life itself. I know that sounds dramatic but having a social life offline and seeing the world often makes for better content, and helps to give you boost leaving you feeling more inspired and productive - I found it to work for me anyway!

Only share content you are proud of and would like to read yourself
I always always always try to keep this in the back of my mind. I don't feel like I've published posts I'm not proud of in general, but I haven't put as much effort into some as I would like. Whether this means posting less for me because I work full time, or just managing my time better, having a break from social media made me realise why I love it, and the main reason being able to share things I'm proud of, so it made me realise that I can't let my content slip.

I'm going to make a 3/4 day break a more regular thing, maybe once every 3 months? I felt excited to get back to blogging and social media which made me create content I'm really proud of.

Have you ever had a social media/ blogging break?

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Christmas Gifts For Those With Everything

We all know those people who have absolutely everything, and buying them a gift becomes near enough impossible... 


Christmas Gifts For Her

Another year, another Christmas gift guide!


Life Update & Taking a Break...

Over the past two weeks I've felt a little distant from blogging/ Instagram and all the things I usually love about social media - so, I'm taking a little break!

You may know that my other half Jay has gone away for 4 months, he helps me so much and encouraged me to create fashion/ lifestyle content - but without him here I have no one to help me do that! This has kind of left me in a bit of a rut as I work Monday to Friday 8-4, so my time to take any photos is now very limited with the early nights.

I blooomin' love photography and that feeling of being proud of my photos, but it's something I haven't had in quite a long time which makes me so sad! My plan is to spend part of Saturday having a huge photography session which I'm hoping will keep me inspired and motivated, there are so many festive post idea's that I have whizzing around my head that I'm so excited to take pictures for. Another blog related thing I wanted to mention was my comments section, there is nothing I love more than seeing people comment on my posts and I feel so awful that I just haven't been replying lately. That's going to change and I'm going to make it my priority, because it honestly means the world.

Also, another thing I haven't mentioned too much is my skin. I've been having some major skin issues the past 3/4 months and some really awful breakouts across my chin that just won't clear. It seems like it may be stress related so I just want to invest more time in looking after myself to be honest. I have some big things left still to sort out for the wedding that will fingers crossed be coming along nicely by the end of this week.

So yeah, I guess I'm just adjusting to what's going to be a pretty crazy few months ahead of me and finding my feet. I've decided that I'm going to try and put together a little vlog of this week on my YouTube channel  if you are interested in seeing what I'm up to. My next post will be going up Monday 20th November and it's a Christmas Gift Guide! I hope you all have a wonderful week x

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Armani Beauty First Impressions

Armani beauty isn't a highend brand I usually invest in, the likes of Charlotte Tilbury and MAC usually take it's place - but, I have a feeling that's going to change.


My Feelings On Getting Married/ Wedding Planning

As most of you will know I'm getting married next year... Recently I read a post by Lydia Millen (said post here) that inspired me to share my thoughts and feelings on getting married and how I feel about the whole planning process.


Feeling Confident In Swimwear

Body confidence isn't something I've always had, especially in swimwear! But, over the years it's definitely improved and I've found there are a few things that have helped me feel my best in my own skin. 


5 Easy Ways To Update Any Room

When I realised I was going to be moving back into my family home after uni, I knew that one of the first things I wanted to do was update my room and give it a bit of a makeover. I've picked up a few things recently for my bedroom that have transformed the space, so I thought I would share them with you!


Autumn Wishlist

As per usual there's plenty of things I'm lusting after at the minute, and it feels like ages since I've wrote a chatty post like this - so I thought I would share them with you *a few of which I'm sure I'll be purchasing/ have already bought*


Brand Focus: Laura Mercier

A few weeks back I invited down to London to a beautiful Laura Mercier masterclass event, I got to learn more about some of the cult Laura Mercier products and their beautiful new Flawless Fusion foundation.


48 Hours in Berlin

You may have seen that I went to Berlin at the weekend, only a flying visit but I had such a lovely time and managed to document quite a lot of our trip! 


5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

Anyone else think back to how they were during their teenage years and wonder what they were thinking? Because I do...


48 Hours in York

A couple of weeks back we had a little weekend break in York. I thought today I would share my thoughts on the city and tell you more about quite possibly the most magical place I’ve ever stayed... ever!


Current Lifestyle Favourites

It's been a while since I posted about some non-beauty things that I've been loving - here's my last one if you missed it! With a shift in season I've found there's been a few new lifestyle bits I'm enjoying recently...


Being In A Long Distance Relationship

It's not something I usually speak about on my blog, but considering it's such a big part of my life I thought I would share my two cents on what it's really like to be in a long distance relationship. The pros, cons, and how I cope!


First Impressions: The New Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Today is the launch of the brand new Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara*


The Perfect Nude Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury

Going into a Charlotte Tilbury store and walking out empty handed is impossible, everything is just so beautiful!


My 5 Minute Makeup Routine

Starting work at 8am Monday - Friday, I like my makeup routine to be as speedy as possible. The longer I've been in full time work the smaller my everyday makeup bag has become, most days I keep things minimal and reach for products I know will work for me and see me through until 4pm.

In the cooler months, or if I'm having a bad skin day I reach for the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I've raved about this time and time again, it's full coverage and stays put all day. A lighter option I've been reaching for lately is the L'Oreal True Match foundation, it's not quite as long lasting but it offers a nice medium coverage with a satin/ matte finish. It's a good everyday, affordable foundation pick. For concealer I'm still obsessed with the Nars Soft Matte Complete concealer, it's truly incredible. It looks so natural on the skin and blends beautifully. It doesn't provide quite as much coverage as the Radiant Creamy but it's definitely my favourite out of the two.

I rarely reach for a blusher or even a highlighter everyday (baring in mind I don't see any customers face to face in my job, I definitely used to make more of an effort when I did)! I do however always use a bronzer. Recently I've been loving the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer, it's the perfect bronzing shade for day to day wear, not too warm or cool toned and really easy to blend. It's pricey but worth the hype and leaves my skin with a natural looking glow.

For my brows I've been using the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in the shade Cara. I've been reaching for this over my Benefit Gimme Brow as it manages to add just a little more definition. My brows are quite sparse and fair so this is the quickest way to add some definition. Although, for the past 2 days I've been using the Brow Definer from Eylure and *spoiler alert* it's incredible - full review coming soon!
For eyes it's again super simple, I always take the time to curl my lashes, then for mascara my go to for volume, length and definition is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. Along my waterline I do also like to use the Benefit Eye Bright, I've used this for so many years now after discovering it through a magazine freebie! It's a pale pink shade so less harsh than a white eyeliner, it's an extra hours sleep in 5 seconds and really does brighten the eyes.

Finally for lips I've gone back to an old favourite, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors. Nothing I've tried compares to these, they are a gorgeous non sticky lip gloss/ balm hybrid. The shades are so natural and it's one of those products I'll always have in my bag and reach for. These also look stunning over the top of lip liners for more of a defined finish - Pillow Talk or MAC Dervish especially.

And that's it! It's so simple but works well for me when I really do only have 5 minutes spare. There will be the odd day that I'll spend more time on my brows or decide to contour/ highlight, but more so on the weekends now.


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Autumn Goals

At the beginning of this month I was kind of dreading autumn - I'll miss the long days, excuse for an ice cream and occasional sunny weather...


Affordable Autumn Makeup Picks

Autumn is definitely my favourite season to play around with makeup.


Reflecting On My Summer Goals

You may remember a few months back I decided to scrap the monthly goals thing and opt for setting myself seasonal goals instead.


Transitional Pieces Your Autumn Wardrobe Needs

In the past any spare money I had went on beauty products (which I definitely don't need more of), these days I'm much more into investing in my wardrobe...


5 Skincare Products For Dehydrated Skin

All year round I try to protect my skin from being dehydrated, but especially during the autumn/ winter months when it can get it's worse.


High End Beauty Haul/ First Impressions

I do love a beauty bargain, but as you guys know I'm a sucker for high-end products! 


How I Doubled My Instagram Following & Increased Engagement

All of the changes to Instagram are old news - we know how flippin' annoying they are when you're trying to grow a profile!  At the start of this year I was on around 3,800 followers, now I've just passed 8,000! I wanted to go through what worked for me and what I notice helps me increase my following and engagement.


My Favourite Wedding DIY's

There are so many resources out there which make the little DIY jobs you do yourself actually pretty successful! To cut costs and add more of a personal touch we've decided that there will be quite a few things that we've made ourselves to complete our wedding.


My New And Improved Makeup Storage

Long gone are the days a makeup bag is enough space to house all of the makeup I own. Over the years so many of the beauty bits I have just sat and collected dust, with only 1 face a lot of it just wasn't getting used. I recently decided to have a clear out and update my storage which has sparked up the old love I had for makeup...


The Perfect Pamper Treats with Ted Baker

My love for blush pink continues, add rose gold into the mix and I'm well and truly sold. The beautiful brand Ted Baker have done it again with their latest release. Here are some of my Blush Pink range favourites from the new Ted Baker Porcelain Rose collection.


The Most Instagramable Place in Wales...

If you love photography, quirky places, and exploring some where unusual yet beautiful, you’ll love Portmerion. Located in North Wales it’s probably a little out of the way for most, but it’s one of those must see places in the UK that's well worth a visit.

Before arriving we didn’t realise there’s no actual permanent residents in the village, it’s like a little holiday resort. It cost £12 to get in, but it’s a fab day out and a fee I wouldn’t mind paying again.

We started off our 5 hour stay – yes we loved it that much! With a 20 minute tour guided by a lovely member of staff. We learnt more about the history of Portmerion and the inspiration behind the Italian-esque architecture. From there we actually noticed there was a wedding, of-course I stopped to see the bride… If you’re looking for a fairytale style wedding I couldn’t think of anywhere better! We then went down to the beach and walked along the Quayside towards the light house, the views over the river towards Llechollwyn were stunning - luckily we picked a clear day to visit!

Of-course me being me we had to scout out some picture opportunities, in the main village there was a little area with pink/ peachy buildings which was just perfect. Just around the corner was another beautiful spot with the most amazing flowers and fountains. Where ever you looked high or low there was something amazing, so much attention to detail.

Whilst there we had lunch at Caffi Glas, it's a little Italian within the Portmerion Village. They had so much to offer on the menu but we went for a couple of light bites and a cheeky glass of prosecco -  a lovely little afternoon treat. The service was fab and just added to our already amazing experience.

I think with this post the pictures do the talking. I'll definitely be heading back to Portmerion in the future - possibly autumn time as I think it will make the perfect location for outfit posts.


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