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Friday, 23 September 2016

autumn wish list ♥

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Hi girls, I haven't made a general wish list post in a while so I thought today would be a great day to start. Apparently yesterday was officially the first day of autumn, this makes me quite sad because I cannot stand cold weather but I will be looking in Zara as my go to wardrobe helper, they always get it right - especially when it comes to shoes! I am loving the tanned suede boots, they look would look great with denim jeans or leather trousers. Now when I saw the black Topshop skirt, I had to include it, yes the design is very bold but I am loving the style! Although I don't have a mac laptop, I've really been considering buying one and I am obsessed with the pretty marble covers - I am really looking for a marble background for my Instagram page too.

For bags, I have been lusting over this Louis Vuitton bag for years now, I love the iconic design and the thin straps. For beauty products and autumn weather in full swing I still want to feel bronzed and I have been hearing such amazing reviews about the Norvell tanning range, I have picked a selection of products from the website, I'm so impressed with the edgy packaging and especially the different application methods available! For make-up, the Joan Collins range looks flawless, I am obsessed with the packaging! You can see her full range here. What are your top picks for autumn? Don't forget to leave your blog links below 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

what's in my make-up bag ♥

Hi girls for today's post I wanted to talk about my new Ted Baker make-up bag and the essential products that I keep in there. My boyfriends family bought me the Ted Baker bag for my birthday earlier this year and I cannot be happier with the design and style of the bag. You can find a similar design here. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have quite a few make-up products in my room so I love to have a big make-up bag when I want to grab products if I'm running out of the house. The bag is super easy to keep clean especially if you give the outside a quick wipe with a baby wipe! When it comes to packing my bag, my must have products usually include:

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer: This foundation is my one true love, it provides flawless coverage on my skin and I love quite a heavy base so this works perfectly. The foundation actually comes with a concealer and applicator too. Even though the foundation is thick, it doesn't feel cakey or heavy!

Primark eyeliner: Personally I don't think you need to spend a fortune on black eyeliner. This particular eyeliner is easy to use on your waterline and the lid includes a nifty sharpener.

Urban Decay Primer Potion: My eyeshadows really don't sit well without a good primer, I bought this particular primer in New York earlier this year and I love how easy it is to apply the product. The wand is soft and flexible and you can really control how much product you apply onto your eyes.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara: One of my favourite mascaras, the brush catches all of my short lashes and you can really create and intense or subtle look onto your lashes.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer: This concealer is probably my favourite beauty product, purely because I buy this again and again and I use it for concealing the bags under my eyes and even as a highlighter. The formula is creamy and easy to blend and the sponge applicator is super easy to use!

MAC lipstick in Hug Me: I always reach for this lipstick because it is the perfect shade to warm your skin tone up. For an intense look I usually apply the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 45 before to add extra depth to my lips.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit*: Although I use the Maybelline contour stick, I do love using this Sleek kit if I am in a rush, the matte powder creates perfect definition without looking oily or cakey. I definitely recommend this kit if you are just starting to contour, the powders are super easy to blend into your skin.

What essential products do you keep in your make-up bag? ♥

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

l'oreal vs ysl - lip gloss ♥

Don't get me wrong, I would love to spend my salary on make-up products covered in gold packaging but the sad reality is, I can't afford to spend £26 on one lip gloss. If you are a serial product junkie like myself, one shade of lip gloss just isn't enough and finding a cheaper alternative is a main goal in life. Luckily for you I think I've found a cheaper version of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain (try saying that three times...). I have been using the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Extraordinaire lipsticks for almost a year now, I have purchased quite a few colours including the shades 601 Nude Ballet, 500 Molto Mauve and 401 Fuchsia Dream so I thought I would compare my YSL glossy stains and see how they matched up. The YSL shades include 17, a deep pink 14, a light rose and 11, a deep red shade.

Although the L'Oreal packaging is not as glam as YSL, paying £8 compared to £26 definitely ticks the right box for me, I don't mind throwing the packaging design out of the window if the quality of the product is worth it. Now when it came to swatching the L'Oreal Fuchsia Dream (left) and YSL 14 (right) on my hand, I was impressed to see the pigmentation and thickness of the L'Oreal shade. I have never actually compared the two shades side by side before and as you can see from the photo, the L'Oreal results are impressive! If you have tried the YSL glossy stains then you will know the formula is not supposed to be incredibly thick so I definitely recommend YSL for a night out or a special occasion but the L'Oreal lip products are definitely perfect for everyday wear. Overall I am really impressed with the packaging of YSL but L'Oreal match up by providing thick coverage and great shade options. 10/10 ♥

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

wedding guest outfit - lavish alice ♥

After recently coming back from a wedding this week, I wanted to do a short and sweet post about what I wore. Although I knew the big day was arriving, I had never been to a wedding before so I was quite worried about finding the right dress. With the wedding based in Spain, this did give me more options to reach for bright and bolder colours but either way, I learnt a few tips and tricks when I started my big dress hunt! To start with I made a list of every shop I could think of: Reiss, ASOS, Phase Eight, Chi Chi London, Lipsy and Karen Millen. I gave myself months to begin looking at what style of dress I wanted and what would suit my body shape. 

I ordered quite a few different styles from ASOS because my original idea of wearing a fitted bardot dress didn't feel dressy enough when I tried them on. Luckily I found this fire engine red midi dress from Lavish Alice on ASOS and I fell in love instantly, the material was light and perfect in the hot Spanish sun. The tie up back was slightly tricky but luckily the boyfriend and the best friend were close by to help with that department. I paired the dress with my favourite gold Zara heels and a small black and gold clutch bag from Primark. My best tip would be to definitely try on dresses outside of your original idea and comfort zone, I ended up finding a perfect choice and I couldn't be happier! What tips do you have for bridal shopping? You can find more Lavish Alice outfits here

Thursday, 1 September 2016

september beauty wish list ♥

Hi girls, I hope your week is going well! I cannot believe that we are in September already, this year has whizzed past. I have really been neglecting my blog lately so I really want to get back into posting, for today's post I wanted to round up a few beauty products that I have been lusting over. Without a doubt, the Kylie Lip Kit is still on my wish list, the shades look incredible and I am dying to try the nude shades. The new Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks and contour kit is certainly on my radar, I think this particular contour kit looks perfect for olive skin tones. After I put this wish list together I really noticed how I am attracted to warmer nude shades now, especially when I picked the L'Oreal Paris Le Blush kit. What do you think of this list? Is there anything you are really searching for? Have a lovely evening girls, let me know what item you would pick! ♥

Monday, 22 August 2016

barcelona holiday ♥

Hi girls, this week I have been catching up with blogs and I really want to start getting back into writing mine again, I've really missed it. Today I wanted to do a slightly different post. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I recently travelled to Barcelona and Alicante with the boyfriend.  I found it quite tricky deciding what I wanted to pack but I was quite pleased with the outfits I ended up picking. It was lovely and hot walking around Barcelona but I still felt comfortable in the outfits I wore especially when I was travelling all day. My black dress was from Zara, it's a basic tube style dress, I bought this last year in the sale but you can find a similar dress from Missguided

I paired the dress with sandals from Aldo, I pretty much wore these shoes the entire trip! I originally bought them from New York but you can see similar sandals here. For bikini's I packed far too many but my favourite has to be my classic black bikini from Next. If you are travelling to Barcelona, I definitely recommend carrying a bottle of water with you, it can get pretty hot! We stayed at the Mirror Hotel and it was perfection, definitely the most incredible hotel I've ever been to! What outfits do you wear when you are going on holiday? If you want to see more outfits from Barcelona let me know! 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

joico volumising hair range ♥

I have always had a love/hate relationship with my hair. Due to the fact that my hair is quite frizzy, I am always using my straighteners and over the years my hair has become quite thin and flat. I have heard that certain vitamins can be a perfect tool for keeping hair healthy and thick but I also think hair products play a major role in giving your mane an extra boost. This is where the Joico Body Luxe range* steps in, for the past week I have been trying out the Joico Body Luxe shampoo, conditioner and volumising foam and I am really surprised with the results. When I first opened the shampoo, I was immediately in love with the scent, it smells fresh without being too overpowering. I found that it quickly lathered up in my hair and it was easy to wash out. Even the boyfriend has started using it and he's usually pretty picky! 

As I opened the conditioner, the scent was not as strong but as I began to rub the cream into my hair and I definitely began to smell the scent more. I have actually been leaving the conditioner in my hair for about four to five minutes just because my hair is quite dry and damaged at the moment. This definitely gives the conditioner a chance to work on my hair. I found the shampoo and the conditioner easy to wash out and after I combed my hair, I applied a small amount of mousse to my roots. The formula was non sticky and really easy to work with, I don't usually use mousse but I have certainly been noticing a difference. For my overall thoughts on the range, I am pretty impressed. Although I think the packaging could be jazzed up a little bit, the actual product results are incredible. My hair has such lovely body and fullness to it and it doesn't turn frizzy! If you do have thin or damaged hair, I cannot recommend this range enough. Have you tried any Joico products before? You can find the full range here. What do you think of volumising hair products, let me know! 9.5/10 ♥

Friday, 17 June 2016

top three dark lipsticks ♥

Although summer is supposed to be here, I am still reaching for my darker lip shades, for today's post I wanted to show you my top three favourite lipsticks and although the shades are quite different, they all have a very similar moisturising finish. If you are looking for an extreme gothic purple shade, look no further than the Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick in shade 04. I have pretty much bought every shade from this Kate Moss collection but 04 is certainly one of my favourites, it creates a bold look and it applies so well! For a cheeky, cherry red lip shade, I still reach for the Smooch lipstick in the shade Merlot. Out of the three shades, this formula is definitely the creamiest and it really does feel lightweight on your lips. 

The shade can run over your lips slightly so I definitely recommend using a lip liner to keep it in place. Finally, I have my favourite shade out of the bunch, the Beauty UK 17 Plumalicious lipstick, I am a huge fan of purple and I am so impressed with the pigmentation of this shade. I definitely think darker lipsticks should be worn no matter what the season is. What do you think of this selection? What is your favourite dark lipstick? 

Monday, 21 March 2016

zara home overview ♥

Hi girls, I hope you are all having a lovely start to the week. I have been wrapping up the April issue with the team so it has been a pretty busy month! I still can't believe it is my 9th issue at Scratch magazine, I can't explain how happy I am to be a journalist finally, I'll have to do a blog post on this soon! On the blogging sides of things though , I feel like I've really been slacking with my posts so I've put together a long list of blog posts that I want to get through. For today's post I wanted to talk about Zara, well Zara Home to be exact. My boyfriend and I recently travelled to My Old Dutch (you can read my review here) and on our way back we had a look at Zara and ended up in the home section.

There is something so quirky yet classic about Zara home, I was instantly drawn to the white, cream products simply because my dream house would be completely cream/white - imagine the cleaning! My overall thoughts of the Zara Home section is a pretty good one, I love how the items are categorised by colour and I found it really easy to find bedroom and bathroom bits. A few favourite pieces included the marble inspired bathroom accessories, I loved the gold detailing! If you aren't much of a white or cream fan, they really do have a wide selection of colour ranges - so you will certainly find something to suit your style. What do you think of the Zara Home range? 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

get the look - cheryl BRIT awards ♥

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Hi girls, I hope you are all having a lovely evening, after my yoga session tonight I managed to catch a glimpse of The BRIT Awards, including what Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was wearing. I do find it a mouthful saying her second name now, but as you all know I have been obsessed with Cheryl for years. I think she looked incredible tonight, her dress really reminded me of the Girls Aloud, I Can't Speak French music video! I feel like whatever I post about Cheryl I will always be extremely biased, this girl can do no beauty wrongs in my eyes. Tonight at The BRITs was certainly no exception. Wearing a gorgeous yellow dress and wavy hair extensions, Cheryl looked incredible. For her make-up, she slightly switched up her eyeshadow and wore a heavy, black smokey eye which is quite different from her classic brown eyeshadow look. 

It is quite a bold make-up look but she's toned down the rest of her face to balance it out. To create this look I would definitely use the KIKO Skin Evolution Foundation to create a similar fresh, dewy look - without the hefty price tag. For the eyeshadow, I would reach for my trusty Bourjois Little Round Pot Intense Eyeshadow in the shade Noir Fusain, I think this is perfect for blending but I would definitely create the eyes first before putting on foundation to prevent fall out. Overall, this look is ideal for a night out or any big upcoming events - the toned down lips and skin balances the black eyeshadow out perfectly and definitely shouts red carpet ready. What do you think of this look? What was your favourite make-up look and outfit from The BRITS? 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

the maybelline falsies push up drama mascara ♥

Hi girls, I hope you are all having a lovely lazy Sunday! For today's post, I wanted to talk about the new Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. When I first saw the packaging, I actually thought it was a 2 step mascara, but you simply open the darker pink end and voila, the mascara wand will appear. I am so impressed with this mascara, especially because lash length has always been a problem for me. As you all know, if you follow me on Instagram, I am a huge fan of the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, I think the bristles are perfect for my lashes. Now with the Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama mascara, they give my lashes double the impact compared to what my current Maybelline mascara gives me.

I have horrible, short natural lashes and unless I use a comb style mascara wand, the bigger bristle styles mascara wands struggle to give me length and volume. When it came to removing the mascara, I used the Garnier Skin Fresh Eye Make-up Remover from Boots and I found that the formula was really easy to work with, it took a few wipes, but I managed to get all of the mascara off my face. If you have super long lashes, I don't think you need to use that many coats but if you have short lashes like me, I can't recommend this mascara enough! Have you tried this mascara yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Monday, 15 February 2016

current beauty favourites - february ♥

For today's post, I wanted to focus on my four favourite products that I have been loving recently, I haven't posted a favourites post in a while so I thought I would get started with a mixture of make-up products. 

Tanya Burr false lashes - Date Night: I am so, so fussy when it comes to wearing false lashes but Tanya Burr has really nailed her lash range. Date Night is my favourite style from her collection, it creates subtle flutter without being too heavy on my lash line. I definitely recomend giving her beauty range a try if you haven't already.  

One Direction Perfume - One Moment: This is certainly a guilty pleasure, I was never a 1D fan before, but after seeing them in Wales last year, I am officially converted. The One Moment fragrance is currently in my handbag, I've been wearing it everyday! The top notes include pink grapefruit and wild berries so it is super fruit and really girly. 

NYX Butter Gloss in shade Fortune Cookie: Even though the queue was incredibly long, I managed to pick up a few NYX goodies at the Olympia Beauty show last year, I am a huge, huge fan of NYX products and this is pretty much down to seeing my favourite Youtubers use the brand. This butter gloss is perfect for keeping lips smooth and soft and it is such a gorgeous shade! 

Primark PS Long Wear Polish: While I was running around Primark picking up vest tops and leggings, the nail polish range caught my eye, especially this matte, white shade. I am a sucker from french manicures so this was ideal for me. This nail polish does exactly what is says on the tin, it lasts around 4-5 days without chipping, which is pretty good for a polish and for price is always on point. I believe this polish was between £1 to £2. 
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