Halloween 2016

Sunday, 30 October 2016


As a child, I was never allowed to celebrate Halloween or go 'trick or treating' so now as an adult, I like to get very involved with it. When I found out my friend and her boyfriend were hosting a Halloween party, I was super excited. I had my outfit planned for months and was straight onto Pinterest looking for make up ideas.

Previously, I've celebrated Halloween as a student with a tight budget, so this year I was determined to go all out and buy a costume, rather than piece one together using old clothes etc. I had a look online and decided to go for 'Little Dead Riding Hood' as I hoped it was a bit more original than other typical Halloween fancy dress ideas. Also, I found an amazing make up look that I wanted to recreate, which had claw marks across the face so I thought it would be perfect for a 'Little Dead Riding Hood'.

My outfit was from eBay and I found all the face paint I needed in Tesco, so actually my costume ended up being pretty cheap to put together. For the make up, I wanted to be a bit more creative and use SFX and as I mentioned, I found the perfect 'look' on Pinterest. Firstly, I drew where I wanted the claw marks to go on my face with a pale pink lip liner and then went over the lines with liquid latex. I then stuck strips of tissue onto the latex and continued to blot more latex on. Once it had dried, I use some nail scissors to cut through the tissue, to create 'cuts' on my face. I must admit, I was a bit nervous at this stage as I was worried I'd cut through to my skin! Luckily, it was fine and I then placed a small amount of black face paint inside each cut to give it some depth. I then went over it in red and painted the rest of the cuts red, to cover over the white of the tissue paper. Finally, I added some fake blood into each of the cuts to make it a little more realistic. Also, I placed some blood dribbling out of my mouth and along my neck as if it had been split open. I completed my look with MAC's D for Danger Lipstick. Although my make up didn't look as good as the one on Pinterest, I was pretty pleased with it for a first attempt!

Despite me telling my boyfriend my costume idea, he had kept his as a surprise,so I was really impressed when he turned up as the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood! I had such a fun night and absolutely loved dressing up, I wish it happened more than once a year!

Let me know what your thoughts on my make up!

5 Ways To Make Mornings Easier

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

1./Get up when your alarm goes off
I know some find this really difficult and find themselves constantly hitting the snooze button, but I really do think I feel so much better if I get up as soon as my alarm goes off! The more you hit snooze, the more groggy you feel!

2./Shower first thing
As soon as I get out of bed, I jump straight in the shower. Whilst I know others prefer baths or showers in the evening, I heard on the radio that those who shower in the morning are more likely to be more creative and more productive. I definitely do feel much more ready to face the day once I've had a shower. 

3./Plan your outfit the night before 
Before I go to sleep, I always plan my outfit for work the next day. It saves so much time worrying what to wear the next day and is one less thing to think about in the morning. Sometimes I plan my make up too, but if it's just normal day at work, I don't bother as I tend to have a standard make up routine for work. 

4./Make sure you eat breakfast 
Once I'm ready, I always eat breakfast. As a foodie, I never miss a meal, but I know some find it really hard to eat breakfast first thing. However, it's so beneficial for you and fuels you for the day, it definitely helps wake me up in the mornings.

5./Don't drink coffee first thing in the morning 
Whilst it can be really tempting to get the caffeine fix first thing to wake you up, it's actually not that good for you. It'll increase your energy initially, but once the caffeine wears off, it'll bring you back down to feeling tired and groggy and then you drink your next cup of coffee and the cycle continues! 

These are just 5 steps I take to help mornings feel a little bit more bearable!

Charlotte Tilbury's Beauty Wonderland

Sunday, 23 October 2016

On Thursday, Charlotte Tilbury opened her Beauty Wonderland in Westfield London, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw the store and all that it had to offer.

The outside is very loud and stands out from the other nearby stores, immediately grabbing your attention as you enter the shopping centre with the bright light bulbs framing the store. Once inside, it's as beautiful as all her make up, it really is something special. The make up is beautifully presented, with the signature rose gold packaging drawing you in. There are chandeliers and feathers dominating the store with a beauty corner for make overs and a really cute 'gift shop' corner, it's just like an extravagant pandora's box and really is like stepping into a beauty wonderland! 

I was one of the lucky few to be the first 100 people into the store. As a result, I was given a free Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Biscuit (which tasted amazing) as well as a Legendary Lashes mascara which was such a nice touch. All of the staff were so friendly and so helpful. The store smelt of the Scent Of A Dream Fragrance which is such a lovely scent so Mum and I couldn't resist and bought a bottle.

I don't think I've ever been so excited by a shop before in my life, It really is so beautiful and is like stepping out of the real world into a beauty emporium, if you ever get the chance, you HAVE to visit it!

8 Things I've Learnt Since Commuting to Central London

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Having lived in London my whole life, I never thought twice about getting a job in central London and having to commute in everyday. However, since getting my first full time job last year, I've learnt a lot about the morning commute. Unlike some people, I don't dread it and I don't mind it that much (providing Southern rail are operating!), but it definitely has opened my eyes to a few things.

1./Seats are for those who live at the end of the line
In the morning, you will never get a seat unless you're one of the lucky few who live at the end of the line and are one of the first on. Even in the evenings I never get a seat, sometimes if I'm a little early for my train I get excited that I may actually get a seat, but they're still all taken up! 

2./Don't make eye contact
Never make eye contact with people on the train and whatever you do don't talk to fellow commuters especially during the morning commute!

3./The Metro is the most interesting newspaper
I know this sounds really sad, but I really love the Metro! It's the perfect morning read and fills you in on all the latest news so you can look intelligent when current affairs are discussed at work.

4./People with suitcases and buggies in the morning should be banned
I know this sounds pretty harsh, but there's barely any room on the train in the morning as it is. When you see someone getting on with a buggy or a suitcase your heart just sinks as they take up so much room!

5./Southern Rail are appalling 
There's so many words I could use to describe this train company, but they aren't reader friendly! If anyone follows me on Twitter you'll see me constantly moaning about them. They rarely operate trains on time and they always have some poor excuse as to why they're running late. That's if they're running at all, they're constantly on strike at the moment!

6./You get to know your fellow commuters
Well not literally because as I already mentioned, you don't actually talk to people on the train, but when you get on at the same station each morning and get on the same carriage, you start to see familiar faces.

7./Never talk on your phone
Those who start talking on their phone in the mornings are clearly not experienced commuters. I mean if your phone rings, sure answer it, but keep it short and sweet, don't start having a lengthy conversation because everyone on the train is listening in.

8./Learn where to stand on the platform
In my first week commuting, I was standing on the platform minding my own business and the next thing I know, this guy is practically standing on top of me. I soon realised this was because I was standing right where the doors open. Now, I always stand in that place in the hope that a seat will be available and I'll be the first to reach it!

Commuting over this last year has definitely be an eye opener!

Chocolate Muffins | The Hummingbird Bakery

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Recently, at work, a couple of my colleagues have set up a baking club in order for us to host our very own 'Bake Off' competition. As a lover of baking and eating baked goods, I of course signed up. Last week was our first week and along with three others, I was selected to bake and the theme was muffins.

Now if you know me, you know that I have a tendency to be a little competitive and when I'm involved in a competition, I will do everything in my power to win. So when I found out the theme was muffins, I felt pretty confident as they're relatively easy to bake and you can't go far wrong. However, I didn't have any recipes that I thought would put me in with a chance of winning, so I contacted one of my closest friends Sarah who is the most amazing baker ever and asked for her advice. Sarah sent me a Hummingbird Bakery recipe and promised me that it was super easy to make.

I had a little practice run before making my full batch (practice makes perfect!) and they turned out really well, although I found out my parents don't own a muffin tin, so had to whizz out and buy one! I then made the competition batch on the Sunday evening as I was due to take them into work on the Monday and I can't begin to tell you how nervous I was! Luckily they turned out really well - I think they looked and tasted pretty good!

What I loved about the recipe was that you roughly chop dark chocolate into chunks and stir this into the cake mixture. This meant that rather than having chocolate chips which always get lost in the cake, you could really taste and see the chocolate chunks in the muffin. There is a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder in this recipe so you have to be a fan of chocolate to like them!

One of my colleagues baked blueberry muffins and the other baked lemon muffins and I must admit they were both pretty good. The results haven't been announced yet, so I'm having to hold out in anticipation for a little bit longer.

If you're after a really easy, really tasty muffin recipe I can't recommend The Hummingbird Bakery enough.

Let me know what baking recipes you love.

Transitioning to Autumnal Make Up

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

As the weather changes, so does some of the make up I wear. With winter comes heavier eye make up and bolder lips. Whilst I keep most of my face make up the same (I just use lighter tones for the winter), my eyes and lips are the make up I switch up the most.

I love this liquid liner, it's so easy to apply and stays in place all day. However, I find a black eye liner can be a bit heavy for the summer months so I always look forward to cracking it out in the winter for some extra definition.

I tend to only use this MAC black eye kohl along my water line in the winter months. I prefer to use a softer brown during the summer for a more natural look. 

Although I use this palette throughout the year, I use different shades depending on the season. During the winter I like to use 'Baby' as a base shadow and then 'Punk' in the outer corner and through the crease. It's the perfect pairing for the coming months.

I love berry toned and deeper Lipsticks for this time of year, with this one from MAC being my favourite. I wrote a post on my favourite Autumnal Lipsticks, so make sure you check it out here.

Let me know if you'd like to see a 'look' with this make up and let me know what you use for your winter make up. 

My Evening Skincare Routine

Sunday, 9 October 2016

I've never been great with a skincare routine. When I was a teenager, I went through that typical spotty teen phase and would religiously cleanse, tone and moisturise in an attempt to do anything for clearer skin. However, the skincare range I was using was discontinued and I never found one that I was happy with so I just stuck with warm water and a flannel for a while and as I grew up, the spots began to clear up. Since then, I've realised the importance of a skincare routine and ensuring I properly cleanse my face after a day of wearing make up. Having said that, I'm still not a skincare expert and am a little reluctant to spend a small fortune on high end products as I'm not convinced the price is always reflective of quality. However, I now have an established routine evening skincare routine which seems to work well with my skin and lifestyle!

Firstly, I use a micellar water to remove my make up and am currently using this one from Botanics. Whilst I'm not completely sold on this product (see my full review here), it does the job so I'm going to continue using it until it runs out, after that I'll probably go back to the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which I love.

After removing my make up with micellar water, I wash my face with warm water and then apply this cleanser to remove any other traces of make up, I love this cleanser, it's so gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling really fresh and clean.

This is such a hydrating moisturiser that I can't use anything else before bed. After cleansing my face, I wait for it to dry and then apply this moisturiser, I massage it into my skin to ensure my skin is really hydrated before I sleep.

I then apply this under my eyes. I know a lot of people like to use this product in the mornings, but for me I like to use it in the evening to help work its magic over night. It's so refreshing and helps remove the puffiness under the eyes.

5./NUXE Lip Stick Duo
Finally, I apply a lip balm to ensure my lips are moisturised. I'm currently using this one from NUXE, which isn't as moisturising as the NUXE RĂ©ve de Miel Nourishing Lip Balm, but it is still a lovely lip balm before bed.

Also, once a week I use a face mask either Blue Corn 3 In 1 Deep Purifying Scrub Mask  (full review here) or Warming Mineral Mask both from The Body Shop just to help give my skin a thorough cleanse and remove any impurities. 

Whilst I have a very simple skincare routine, it works well for me, I try to avoid using any harsh chemicals on my face and at the same time it doesn't break the bank!

What's your skincare routine? 

The Versatile Blogger Award | 2016

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Firstly, a very big thank you to Meg from XMEGANLISA for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Secondly, for those of you who don't know what the Versatile Blogger Award is, it's a tag with the aim of getting to know the person behind the blog.

The Rules 
1./Thank the person who nominated you 
2./Share 7 interesting facts about yourself 
3./Nominate 10 other bloggers 

I always dread it when people ask me to list 'interesting' facts about myself as I really don't think I'm that interesting! Also, I was very kindly nominated last year and so I feel like I used all my interesting facts last year (click here to see that post). So apologies if these facts aren't that interesting!

1./When I was younger, I used to want to be an actress and went to a youth theatre, but after studying it for A Level, I decided it wasn't for me! 
2./I used to do ballet, tap and modern dance and one of my biggest regrets was giving it up.
3./I have three piercings - ears, tragus and belly button. I've wanted to get my cartilage pierced for years, but I've never got around to it.
4./I've got a scar on my back from where I had an operation when I was 6 months old.
5./I'm allergic to cats and dogs
6./I have a masters degree in Forensic Psychology
7./You'll never see me without my nails painted, I hate having unpainted nails

The lovely ladies I'd like to nominate are:
1./Lauren- Minnie Mouse Chic
2./Maisie - Love Maisie Blog
3./Izzy- Just Belle
5./Laura - Laura Hadley
6./Hannah - Hannah Elizabeth
7./Alice - The Velvet Black
8./Tamzin- Through New Eyes
9./Rachel - No Space For Milk
10./Becky- Uptown Oracle

I look forward to reading all your posts and thanks again to Meg for the nomination!

September Favourites

Sunday, 2 October 2016

I know I pretty much say this every month, but how quickly did September go? I was dreading September because I knew I had a really busy month lined up at work and now it's flown by and October is looking equally as busy! Anyway, here's what I've been loving throughout September.

Having used the Original Primer Potion from Urban Decay for a couple of years, I wanted to give Eden a try after using a sample and loving it. It's so easy to apply and leaves a nude matte finish that you could wear on it's own. However, I always apply an eye shadow on top and it holds it in place all day.

I bought this for my bridesmaid make up back in August (see the look I created here), but I've been wearing it lots since too. I've never used a pigment before and I know it can be used as a bit of a highlight too, but I've been loving wearing it as an eye shadow. It's such a gorgeous shade and when worn on top of the Urban Decay Potion Primer, it stays in place all day.

I love The Body Shop body butters and always have one on the go. Last year, in the advent calendar from The Body Shop, I received a small bottle of the Fuji Green Tea body lotion and absolutely loved the smell. However, I'd never got round to purchasing a full sized product of this scent - until this month. It's such a refreshing scent and as with all The Body Shop body butters, it's so hydrating and leaves my skin feeling soft all day.

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you'll have seen me bang on about how much I'm loving LUSH at the moment as they've recently launched this years Halloween range. This month I bought the Sparkly Pumpkin which I absolutely love (I could have bought the whole range, but my bank balance said otherwise!) The Sparkly Pumpkin is a bubble bar, which are my favourite products at LUSH, it smells beautiful and creates such lovely bubbles - what's not to love?

I have been absolutely loving The Line of Duty this month. It was originally a BBC, 3 part series, but is now available on Netflix. For those who don't know, it's about the police anti corruption unit and it follows them as they try to uncover bent police officers. It's sooo gripping, that I've already finished the first series - I can't recommend it enough.

What have you been loving this month?

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