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A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 6 years.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


With the festive season and the madness of Christmas shopping in full swing, I thought it was about time to introduce you all to a few beauty goodies that would make perfect stocking fillers for a total beauty lover...Or for those that appreciate some seriously sassy packaging. 

The gift of scent...

Perfume makes a wonderful gift, especially for those like me with a penchant for scent! Accessorize have recently launched their latest perfume offering just in time for Christmas albeit with very summery branding! Available for £19 for a generous 75ml online or in-store 'Lovelily' is a sweet and vibrant scent with notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine, and vanilla. 

This is a fun and girly scent which is perfect for daytime and will be especially lovely to wear as a light fragrance throughout spring and summer. The bottle is pretty darn gorgeous too, featuring a cute pink and yellow flower situated in the lid which looks gorgeous on a perfume shelf or dressing table.

Cute and kitsch beauty sets...

This year The Vintage Cosmetics Company also have some seriously gorgeous stocking fillers available this Christmas. The British brand offers a range of beauty accessories that all have the glamour and charm of the 1950s and everything vintage. 

First up it's the Luxury Beauty Cracker which I think would make a seriously lovely Secret Santa gift or as a present to open on Christmas Eve. The £9.95 cracker includes 3 little gifts such as full size tweezers (Which I can confirm are as sharp and as effective as my Tweezerman pair). There is also a duo pencil sharpener, perfect for chunkier eye pencils as well as regular sized products and a mini emery board for your handbag or on your desk, other little items such as a beauty tip and a paper crown are also included.

I think my favourite product from The Vintage Cosmetics Company's Christmas range is the 'Girls Night Tin' - Priced at £27.50 this is the perfect gift for your bestie or for someone who loves a pamper night. The set includes a super sweet towelled dolly-bow headband which is perfect for keeping your hair away from your face whilst you soak in a gorgeous bubble bath. There is also a pair of the legendary tweezers as well as a pair of floral scissors, a fantail brush which I have been using for highlighter a nail buffer and toe separators for a perfect pedicure. The heart shaped tin is also pretty lovely too which you can use to store your beauty tools or even as a biscuit tin.

Natural beauty...

Finally, I wanted to talk about a fair trade, cruelty-free vegan beauty brand named 'Fair Squared' an alternative trade organisation who create wonderful, natural beauty products using olives from Palestine, almond and apricot kernel oil from Pakistan, green tea from India, desiccated coconut from Thailand, argan oil from Morocco and coconut oil from India. 

I have a few samples above that I have been trying out but the full sized products are 250ml from between £8.95 to - £12.50. My stand out products include the green tea body lotion, it is revitalising and nourishing all thanks to the green tea ingredient which has been used in Chinese healing medicine for centuries. I also love the Olive liquid soap which is laced with olive oil known for its antioxidant properties and benefits in helping prevent premature ageing.

Which beauty gifts do you like the look of?


Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Hair:It's not often that I found a haircare product that really gets me excited as I find most products to be pretty much the same whether they're a detangler, a heat protectant or a leave in conditioner. I have been applying semi permanent medium brown hair dye every 6 weeks or so to keep any brassiness from my blonde at bay, and in turn I have been using the Scott Cornwall 'Pre Colour - Protein Spray'. You spray this through dry, porous hair before colouring to help pack the proteins back into damaged hair, it also helps to strengthen and prevent breakage as well as creating a more even colouring by filling in the gaps in dry and extra porous areas.  Not only does this smell super lush, think salon quality product but it is pretty wonderful at keeping my dry, unruly hair protected and evenly coloured.

I have also been trying out a new heat protectant this month in the form of the Got2B 'Guardian Angel' 220 Heat Protectant. I can never gauge if this stuff actually works but it smells lovely and keeps my hair from giving off that sexy burnt hair smell whenever I use the curling wand. Anything has to be better than nothing right?

Nails: My least favourite colour is blue so it was a bit of a surprise when I had a desire to wear turquoise nail varnish whilst on holiday in America this summer. I bought this 'Sinful Colours' shade named 'Savage' from Walmart for a few dollars and the formula is outstanding, chip free for well over a week and ultra glossy and opaque in one coat. I wouldn't usually choose such a beachy/summery shade at this time of year but I have been absolutely loving it. 

Perfume: I mentioned 'L'aimant by Coty' in my bedside beauty post so I won't talk about it too much but this iconic scent which reminds me of my Nana has soon become my everyday perfume, it's rich, heady and distinctly old fashioned but I LOVE it. 

Lifestyle: This month I was introduced to the Ginger Zinger shots from James White and I take one in the morning before breakfast to give a little wake me up. The shots include organic crushed ginger and apple juice with water and ascorbic acid as an anti-oxidant. I like the extra hot variant for a super heated effect.

Lips: Another surprise this month has been my love of nude lips, yeah really! I have been mixing 'Kinda Sexy' and 'Velvet Teddy' both nudey/brown shades that look lovely when paired together, perfect for daytime and pairing with a subtle, brown smokey eye.

Lifestyle: November is my favourite month as a lot of exciting things start happening, everything from an awesome Bonfire night celebration toasting marshmallows on the fire-pit, watching pretty fireworks and tucking into traditional pie and peas to watching the Chicago stage show as this month I turned 23 and had a super exciting birthday week filled with lots and lots of love from friends and family as well as a few surprises as there is now a new man, or should I say kitten in my life by the name of Reggie. He's 4 months old and an incredibly confident, bold and playful black cat, meeting him was an epic surprise this month and he is just the softest, most loving little creature who loves a cuddle.

In November I also saw my bae Liam Fray this month on The Courteeners 'Mapping the rendezvouz' tour - unfortunately there was a problem with my allocated seat so we were moved to an entire section / balcony just for us slap bang, right in front of the stage. EPIC.

Playlist for November on Spotify: You may have noticed the playlist has found a home in the sidebar and there you will find everything from 90s r'n'b slow jams to The Style Council, to Madonna, ofcourse 'Celebration' is on there too for obvious reasons.

What have you been loving in the month of November?

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016


(I've ALWAYS been a red lipstick lover)

Today rather excitingly marks my 23rd birthday and I thought that for today's blog post I would share with you 12 pieces of wisdom i've learned and things i've observed so far in my 23 years here on planet Earth.

1. Nobody has a clue what they're doing, whether they're 3, 23, 53 or 103...
We are all just pretty much muddling through life trying to stick to a vague plan and hoping for the best. When I was younger I figured that adult life meant you knew what you were doing all the time, how wrong could I be? In fact adult life is even more confusing to navigate...but the good thing is nobody has it completely sussed and that is okay.

2. Never miss an opportunity to say I love you...
The people you love most in life will die and you will realise how precious life is. I very sadly and of course inevitably lost two of my grandparents within a short space of time when I was 20 - I've never gotten over it, but life does go on and you will feel okay again. The last words I ever said to both of them were: "I love you" and that reminds me to say it as often as I can to my nearest and dearest.

3. Life changing opportunities appear, if you put in the legwork...
You have to get the ball rolling and by making a few changes to your daily routine you will start to adjust your bigger life picture. For example, when I was at university I was committed to working, finding internships, being proactive in building my CV and blogging which led me to meeting the founder of a digital marketing agency, 2 years after meeting him on the off chance he offered me an amazing job and the first step on the content marketing career ladder.

4. Life up until the age of 23 is like jumping fences...
So far my life has been an obstacle course overcome by jumping a series of fences. It started with boxing off my GCSE's in high school which led to starting college and completing my A levels, which led to going to university and finalising my degree, which led to getting started in my career. Often when you're a young adult there is a certain 'path' taken to get through each 'stage' - once you leave university and start working it is odd knowing that your life isn't dictated by the academic year and there are no more fixed obstacles to overcome, you have to set your own goals.

 5. The most interesting people you will meet in life have been tested the hardest...
The people who have really been through the ringer will always have the best lessons and advice to share. I once met a man who consistently had to fight for people to take him seriously as they always thought he was drunk and slurring his words...he wasn't he had just been in a horrific car accident which left him in a coma for months - his attitude to life was both moving and inspiring. If people have felt it, lived it and are still around to tell the tale...listen to them because they have legitimate wisdom.

6. Things are a little bit easier if you know what your passion is...
I have pretty much always known that I wanted to be a writer of some sort and I have found navigating my life a little easier as I was constantly pursuing a writing career. I studied the craft of journalism at university and I now write every single day whether that is at work or right here on my blog. When I was younger I loved coding, I loved creating and I loved writing, I feel blessed everyday to have a full time job that pulls together all of the above.

7. Don't try and be someone that you're not because you will just run into yourself...
A classic example of this is when I was 18 I bragged to my Dad how 'uni life' was going to be the best thing since sliced bread, I would party all night, party all day, be a total social butterfly and join every sports society. Who was I kidding? When I finally got to university I realised that the A-typical social side was not for me. My boyfriend at the time was the captain of a sports team, was out drinking all the time and I felt like an alien for not being the same. I preferred going for meals with 1 or 2 friends, and avoiding flat parties like the plague. University (the social side, not the academic side) was the most challenging period of my life and as soon as I stopped running away from who I really was, I was a happy little lamb. This meant not living in a shared house, I lived in my own flat, keeping a small but close social circle and doing things that I actually wanted to do, not what the social norms made me think I should do.

8. There are good times and there are bad times, but this too shall pass...
Sometimes it feels like there is no way out of a dark place no matter how hard you try and you feel like you're never going to feel okay again. But these times don't stick around. You may also feel on top of the world, like nothing can bring you down and life is sweet as a peach. But these times don't stick around either. Appreciate the good and work through the bad.

9. When it comes to matters of heart, you will always be okay...
Heartbreak absolutely sucks and it is one of the worst feelings in the world, the feeling of rejection, of not being good enough, the humiliation if infidelity is involved, BUT you will get over it and someone else will come along and show you exactly why it didn't work out before. A work colleague of mine always said to me that: 'it gets better everytime' and it's true, each relationship is better than the last because you know what you are looking for and what you are and aren't prepared to accept.

10. People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime...
Everybody who enters into your life all have a meaning. They are either there for a reason, perhaps to show you a new way of thinking, a season perhaps whilst you are travelling or on an experience together such as an internship programme, or a lifetime to always be there for you no matter what. It is important to respect all of these people and the time frame that they are in your life for.

11. You will click with some people and you won't with others...
I love something Dita Von Teese once said: 'You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there's always someone who doesn't like peaches.' - This is true, there are some people who have done no wrong to you, but you just cannot click with them, and that's fine, respect the people that you do and do not click with, it's just the way life is sometimes. I have met countless people in my life that I had hoped to get along with but unfortunately we couldn't click, it made me even more dedicated to nurturing the relationships with the people I do gel with.

12. Complete strangers will surprise you...
I met my close friend Lauren when as complete strangers she saw a tweet i'd written about having no friends when I had moved to Liverpool for university and how incredibly lonely I felt. Lauren reached out to me and asked if I fancied meeting up for a coffee, we met up and I cried for around 2 hours straight, I could not believe that somebody I had never spoken to before in my life would go out of their way and want to meet up to help a stranger feel less homesick and unhappy. 4 years later I still live in Liverpool and Lauren and I are still the best of mates. It just goes to show there are good people out there, strive to be one of them.

And with that i'm off for a cocktail or three to celebrating 23 years of sassiness...Remember to always work hard, screw social norms and try to always be the best version of yourself.

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