Friday, 30 December 2016

An End Of Year Giveaway

I thought to celebrate the end of 2016, I'd do a little giveaway. I've wanted to do one for ages and finally here we are.

2016 hasn't be amazing for the world has it, lets be honest. But for me personally, its been one of the best years I've had. I've accomplished a lot, and pretty much smashed my goals. More of that in Wednesday's post anyway haha. To celebrate the end of the year, and the start of a new one I'm doing this lil' giveaway of Zoella bits for you. 

You will receive:
- Zoella Beauty Ginger Fizz  Bath Bombs
- Zoella The Key to Inspiration Keyring

- This giveaway is open to UK residents ONLY
- You must be following Forever September on Bloglovin' and Twitter
- Winner will be chosen at random, and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is picked
- Giveaway will run for 3 weeks and will end on 20th January

Good luck everybody, and thank you for supporting Forever September this year!

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- Lucy

Saturday, 24 December 2016

4 Albums I've Loved In 2016

After seeing Katy's post on her 4 albums she's loved this year, I thought I'd pull together my own post on the albums I've loved this year...

Currents by Tame Impala
This album was a discovery of mine about midway through the year, and I haven't been able to get enough of it. My favourite song on the album is The Less I Know The Better, a song I urge everyone to go and listen to. I think the genre this album comes under is one called 'psychedelic rock', all in all I freaking love it.

I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It by The 1975
THIS ALBUM. I honestly waited sooo long for The 1975 to release their second album, and finally this February they did. I don't know whether I like it as much as the first album, I mean I really can't decide. My favourite songs from this album have to be, She's American, A Change of Heart and Paris. Although I pretty much love all of them. I also love the new pink vibe they have going on this time round.

Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots
I knew of Twenty One Pilots at the beginning of the year but really wasn't a fan of their stuff, but for some reason over the past couple of months I've really gotten into their music in a big way, especially the Blurryface album. My favourite tracks from this one have to be Ride, Lane Boy, Fairly Local and Heavydirtysoul. Its a brilliant album and I'd highly recommend!

Trick by Jamie T
A fairly new album on the block, and I'm lovin it. I had never really listened to much of Jamie T's work in the past, except his super catchy song 'Zombie'. This album is really no disappointment, and its everything I expected Jamie to put out. My favourite tracks from this are Joan Of Arc, Tescoland and Power Over Men.

What albums have you loved this year?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A Festive Makeup Look

I was reading through tons of christmassy posts today, and realised I hadn't really written any festive posts myself this year, so I'm about to change that!

With Christmas only four days away now (whaaat), I thought it'd be only appropriate to do a festive makeup look. Whether thats for a late christmas party, or for christmas day, I think this could work for either! So, lets start off with the base. I feel like this time of year calls for a full coverage foundation, and my favourite for this has to be the Vichy Dermablend Foundation. I pop this on with a damp beauty blender, and it just gives the most flawless finish. Doesn't cling to dry patches, nor does it look overly cakey. For concealer, I use a combination of the Rimmel Match Perfection and Seventeen Stay Time. The Rimmel match perfection is great for that extra coverage, and the Seventeen stay time helps to brighten the under eyes.

Contour and bronzing is a step I certainly couldn't miss out on a look like this. For contouring, I use the NYX Blush in Taupe. This is perfect for us pale gals out there, as its got a very ashy tone to it. I blend this in with a beauty blender, then go over the top with bronzer. For this I've been loving the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which I also sweep across the forehead and on the jawline. Now onto the part of the routine I love most, highlighter. For this I use the Jeffree Star Skin Frost in Peach Goddess. This such a gorgeous, finely milled highlighter that you can build up to give yourself that popping glow.

Now we're done with the face, the most exciting part...eyes. I've got two options for this because I just can't decide which I prefer more. The Zoeva Cocoa Blends Palette and Tartelett in Bloom.  If I'm using the Zoeva palette, I dip into the gorgeous shade 'Pure Ganache', which is a luxurious metallic gold. That goes all over the lid with 'Freshly Toasted' through the crease. If I'm opted for the Tarte palette, the shade 'Firecracker' goes all over the lid. Which is a stunning bronze/red shade, its hard to explain but oh boy is it pretty. Then I'll go in with 'Leader' through the crease to give it that extra depth. Oh and I can't forget, popping a highlight shade on the inner corners to make the eyes pop.

For mascara, my favourite and the best at giving volume in my opinion, is the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara. It really grabs every lash and gives so much volume. And if you're gonna go all out, whack on some falsies as well. My favourite ones at the moment are the Red Cherry Demi Wispy lashes. They're easy to apply and give great volume, without looking too fake. And finnaallly, the lip colour. I think its inventible I'm going to pick a darker lip, so my options are MAC's Russian Red or NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage. Russian red is the ultimate matte red shade for this time of year, and Vintage is more burgundy which is equally as beautiful.

And there we have it, a festive full face of makeup! This is a look I've gone to several times the past few weeks, and have been loving it.

- Lucy

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Life Lately

I've been meaning to do a little update post over on these parts for a while, and finally I'm doing it. Life hasn't been all that easy the past couple of months, but I've been getting by. Although I've had some amazing moments amongst the bad days.

First up of course, at the beginning on the month I made a trip up to London to visit Beautycon. I don't know if you can tell, but I can't stop talking about it. Probably up there with my top 5 favourite days this year, and one I'll never forget. I've also had a lot of parties the past couple of weeks too, which has actually been really nice. Its given me a chance to do a proper full face of makeup, and for once I actually felt confident in my own skin, which is a rarity. Oh and of course, I got to buy pretty dresses for the occasions which was a bonus haha. 

Amongst the good times, theres been some hard times. I've been going through a break up and it definitely hasn't been the easiest thing to say the least. Its getting better though as time goes on, and I guess its just a healing process, life goes on nonetheless. I've also felt a bit ill on and off the past few weeks, which plays havoc with my anxiety. Being an extreme emetophobic and general worrier about any form of illness it hasn't gone well. To be honest, I think its just been on and off sinusitis which is nothing major at all, but of course my brain still likes to panic. 

I don't want to end the post on a negative note, so I should probably mention the fact I've finally sent my UCAS application off - YAY! Its taken me such a long time to get my personal statement done, which is totally my fault as I'm the worlds biggest procrastinator. Anyhow, its done, gone, buh-bye! Hopefully I hear back from the universities I applied to soon, so I'm looking forward to that. Alsooo, one last thing, on Friday night I saw The 1975 live (for the third time). I'm writing this in the past so I can't actually tell you how good they were BUT I'm 99.9% sure they were incredible. 

How's life been treating you?

- Lucy

Friday, 16 December 2016

My Christmas Wishlist

Christmas is fast approaching, so I thought I'd share whats on my wishlist this year!

01. The Urban Decay Moondust PaletteI've been lusting over this palette for such a long time, and christmas time is all about the glitter right?! 

02. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Bombshell | Huda beauty is a brand I've wanted to try for a very long time, and bombshell looks like a gorgeous shade.

03. Jamie T Trick Vinyl | I looove this album so much, and since getting a record player for my birthday, I've wanted to get all my favourite albums on vinyl.

04. Zoella Beauty Gingerbread and Vanilla Fragrance Set | I really love Zoë's beauty range, and I adore the smell of ginger bread, so this seems like a winner to me.

05. The 1975 Rose Gold Necklace | I must say, I'm a pretty hardcore fan of the 1975 and I think necklace is really pretty, and to be honest I'd love a bit of the 1975 wherever I go haha.

06. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl | I don't own a single CT product and I think its about time that changed. Her matte revolution lipsticks are something most bloggers hype about and I really need to try one for myself.

07. Bloom by Estée Lalonde | I've been watching Estée for years now and have always loved her, so its only right I ask for her book for christmas!

08. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny | Woops, another lipstick. I'm such a big fan of Jeffree and I just want to own all of his makeup range basically, soooo haha!

09. Pixi Glow Tonic | I swear I've had this on my wishlist for years now, and I really want to get round to trying it out as so many people seem to love it!

Whats on your Christmas wishlist?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

December Glossybox 2016

I shouldn't actually be writing this post as I cancelled my Glossybox subscription last month, however December's addition turned up at my door anyway. Not sure what that was all about, but I'm certainly not complaining, as this months box is incredible. And can we appreciate the design of the box, so gorgeous!

I was really excited to see this in my box this month, being the highlighter fanatic I am. Essence is a brand I've tried a few things from, and I think their products are great for the price. This is a palette that comes with two shimmer highlights, and one matte. All of them well pigmented too!

I've never tried a clear brow gel so I was excited to give this a go. I've tried this out twice now, and both times really liked it. It doesn't make your brows feel crispy like some brow gels do, and it holds the brows in place really nicely.

Revlon Nail Enamel in Gray Suede | £6.49
I almost squealed when I saw this, its just such a pretty colour. I'm not quite sure why its called gray suede as its almost a nudey/pink kinda shade. Anyway, its a beautiful colour and perfect if you're looking to do a neutral nail colour.

GOSH Mono Eyeshadow in Sand | £8.99
I've received a GOSH product in a previous Glossybox and wasn't at all impressed. However, this time I was pleasantly surprised. This gorgeous single eyeshadow is in a lovely cream shimmer shade, which is perfect for the inner corners or just all over the lid. Love it!

MDMFlow Semi-Matte Lipstick in Bossy | £18
I'd never heard of the brand MDMFlow, but I was intregued as soon as I saw the packaging for this lipstick. A gorgeous slim gold bullet, with the brand name across the side. The colour of this is STUNNING. Emphasis on the stunning, like I'm in love. A gorgeous mauve nude shade, thats not overly drying but has a matte formula. I'd highly recommend this lipstick!

- Lucy

Friday, 9 December 2016

A Mini Beautycon Haul

Soo as you saw from Sunday's post, I went to Beautycon on Saturday and had the most incredible time. Alongside meeting a lot of YouTube creators and bloggers, there were loads of brands there too. A lot were offering freebies which was amazing, so I managed to pick a few things up.

The NYX stand was the one that impressed me the most by far. They had a big spin wheel with products on, and obviously you gave it a spin and whatever it landed on, you received. So this was something I got, yay. I've wanted to try out the NYX setting spray's for ages, so FINALLY. I've tried this out once, but its done a pretty good job!

This was FREE. Can you actually believe it?! The bold metals collection was something I'd lusted over for ages, and now finally I own something from it haha. This is great for powdering all over the face and setting makeup. The quality of this brush is incredible as well, feels so heavy and luxurious. I also got to meet Sam & Nick whilst at Beautycon which was an absolute pleasure. 

Probably my favourite lip range ever to exist. This was another prize I won on the spin wheel game. I saw the drawer full of lip creams and almost squealed haha. I picked up Abu Dhabi, which is a gorgeous neutral brown shade, something I don't have in my collection.

Ciaté Nail Polish in Raising The Barre | £9
This is the perfect winter shade in my opinion, hence why I chose it. I've never actually tried a Ciaté nail polish before but I've heard great things, and I know they're an amazing brand. Very excited to try this out!

I bought this for £12 from the official Lime Crime stand at Beautycon but on asos they seem to be selling for £15. But anyway, I was so excited to see Lime Crime there as I've wanted to try something from them for ages. I picked up one of their liquid lipsticks, obviously, and that was in Teddy Bear. A beautiful pink/mauve shade. This is HIGHLY pigmented and stays put on the lips literally all day. So impressed.

L'Oreal False Lash Superstar X Fibre | Unknown
I think this mascara is brand new, and I'm not sure its even been properly released yet? I could be totally wrong but I couldn't find it anywhere online, so I've linked the original version for now. I think the packaging is pretty snazzy on this, but I'm still unsure on the mascara itself. Its double ended, so you start with 1 and finish with 2, and it claims to give you a 'false lash' effect. I found it to clump my lashes together a bit more than I would like, and wasn't the best at lengthening them either. I'm willing to keep trying this out though!

- Lucy

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

5 Cosy Things To Do This Winter

I'm not the biggest fan of the winter months, however I am a fan of being super cosy. I thought I'd string together 5 of my favourite 'cosy activities' to do over the winter months!

01. Cosy up in bed and watch vlogmas. . . 
I love December because basically every YouTube creator does vlogmas and it really gets me in the festive spirit. Theres nothing better than getting cosy in bed, and binge watching vlogmas's. My personal favourites are, Sunbeamsjess's, Zoë's and Estée's

02. Burning a candle and having a pamper evening. . . 
I mean preferably a christmasy candle, but any candle works for me! The one pictured above is The White Company Mustqiue which is gorgeous. I feel like pamper evenings are so much more relaxing in the colder months. Once you're done you can cuddle up on the sofa with a big soft blanket and feel super chill.

03. Binge watch christmas movies with a cuppa. . .
Its officially okay to binge watch christmas movies people. Some of my favourites are Arthur Christmas, Elf (obviously), and The Polar Express. Making yourself a cup of tea, or whichever hot drink takes your fancy and curling up on the sofa for the afternoon is simply perfect.

04. Paint your nails a deep berry shade. . .
I think berry shades are possibly my favourite to paint my nails with. Give yourself some 'you' time, and paint your nails a gorgeous red or purple berry shade. Super winter appropriate!

05. Do some festive makeup. . .
I don't know about you but I find doing my makeup quite therapeutic. Doing a really pretty golden shimmery eye, paired with a berry lip is just perfect for this time of year!

What sort of cosy things do you like to do in the winter months?

- Lucy

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Beautycon London 2016

I have got SUCH an exciting post coming your way today. So yesterday me and my friend Chloe attended Beautycon London. I've been so excited for this for weeks, and it definitely lived up to its expectations. I got to meet all my favourite beauty bloggers, Helen Anderson, Zoe London, Lily Pebbles, PIXIWOO! Yeah I mean it was truly incredible, and I got lots of freebies from great brands like NYX, Real Techniques and ugh, I just can't. Here are a handful of photos I got from the day, enjoy!

I think these are the best photos I managed to get from the day, and I'm so pleased with them. I'd really recommend getting tickets for next years Beautycon because it was honestly one of the best days I've had, and it was so inspiring in general. 

- Lucy

Friday, 2 December 2016

Taking Inspiration

I feel like blogging is all about taking inspiration, whether thats from other blogs, magazine orrr anything really haha. Thought I'd share a few places I take my inspiration from, whether that be for blogging or other things I'm doing.

The first one is magazines, especially more independent magazines. My favourite has to be Oh Comely. For only £5 you get a jam packed issue full of beautiful photography, articles from a range of different people that you just wouldn't hear of otherwise. Their covers are always so ascetically pleasing as well and look great in blog photos. I think the thing I take most inspiration from in these are the photos, how they're taken, the way they're edited...everything!

Second of all, is looking at other peoples blogs. This is probably the best source of inspiration, as long as its not direct copying haha. Looking at the way other bloggers are doing their photography, what sort of props they might be using etc. There's also plenty of blog posts out there that suggest props to use, different cameras to use and all the rest!

So overall, I'd say independent magazines such as Oh Comely, Frankie, and Blogosphere are great to read through to get so inspiration if you're struggling with writers block. Equally looking at fellow bloggers and what they're up to, and don't forget Pinterest!

How do you keep inspired?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

I'm seeing gift guides left, right and centre BUT I really wanted to add my own contribution to the mix. I always find them helpful, as some people can be a real struggle to buy for. Admittedly, I find boys much harder to buy for than girls but doing gift guides 'for her' are really fun haha. So here we have my picks, with some low end and high end bits. Hopefully you get a few ideas!

I hope this gave you a few ideas as to what you could pick up this christmas, I personally love the asos pyjamas!

- Lucy

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas With Jewellerybox

I know we're still in November but christmas is only a month away, and I can't quite believe it, this years gone by way too quickly. Hopefully I'll have a few christmassy posts going up, as I'm already in the festive spirit. I have two christmassy Jewellerybox pieces that I'm 100% going to be wearing both for the lead up to christmas and on christmas day.

Sterling Silver Frosted Ball Half Hoop Earrings*
I've been in love with this style of earring for ages but never got round to picking some up. I'm a silver jewellery wearer through and through, so these were perfect. Essentially you have the little silver stud through your earring hole then the other half dangles beneath, and its super pretty. These are really simple but somehow really festive. They'd be perfect for any time of the year to be honest, thats what I liked most! They're also so reasonable at £6.75, like you can't argue with that!

Sterling Silver 7 Inch Snowflake Bracelet*
This is definitely a more festive number. Again, it has to be silver for me and to be honest I feel like this makes the bracelet look more christmassy! Its such a dainty little piece, I love it. If you're a fan of dainty jewellery, I'm sure you'll love this! Its a little too big for me, but I can still wear it. I think this is such a cute accessory to just spice up your outfit a bit, and get you in the christmassy mood of course.

- Lucy
This post contains PR samples*

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Packhouse Farnham

Happy Sunday! Yes, that is a Christmas tree in mid November. I know, quite early but I visited one of my favourite little places to have a mooch around (ha, mooch love that word). Its based in Farnham, so this is for you who live in the south of england, sorry to my up north people! Its essentially just a vintage/antique/quirky homeware and lifestyle shop, based in a very old house. Its really pretty to just look around and you can usually find some gems. They also opened a new café recently, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Hope you enjoyed scrolling through these festive and cosy photos on your Sunday morning. It made me feel so christmassy looking at all the decorations and christmas trees dotted around the place. I'd recommend visiting the packhouse if you're local to surrey or live in the south and are willing to travel, its lovely.

- Lucy

Friday, 18 November 2016

Bloggers Made Me Buy It

Since blogging, I've accumulated quite a substantial amount of makeup. Well, its definitely not the biggest collection ever but you get what I mean haha. A lot of the makeup I've bought over the few years are blogger influenced, so here are a few bits that I bought purely because bloggers typed about them.

First up we have the Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette. This is literally everything. With three powders and one cream, this little palette is perfect. I'm so glad I finally caved and bought this, but I don't regret it one bit. For a drugstore highlight palette, its extremely pigmented and I'd say if you were to buy one thing from Boots this month, scrap that, this year, it should be this. Onto something a little more high end now, the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I think I ended up buying this about a week after it was released because of the HUGE blogger hype over it. I previously had the Naked 3 palette which I loved, and didn't have anything smoky, so this seemed perfect. I used it a fair bit in the first month or so of having it, but unfortunately its been pushed to the back of the pile. I don't tend to do a smoky eye that often, but I do think this might need to be cracked out again for the festive season. 

The Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. Technically I wanted the UD All Nighter setting spray but it was out of stock basically everywhere (thanks bloggers haha). So I opted for the de-slick version instead. I decided to buy the travel size option first incase I didn't like it, but I'm pleased to say I really do. Although I don't use it on a daily basis, its so good for when you've done a full face of makeup for a night out. I always find looking for a foundation is such a chore, theres so many out there. I wanted a cheap(ish) one, and remembered so many bloggers rave about the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. I really love this foundation, it gives such a great coverage and the shade is perfect for my pale complexion. The only bad thing I have to say about this, is that it clings to dry patches quite badly. I've found this with most L'Oreal foundations I've tried, but apart from that I love it.

Onto some lip bits now. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. How could I not mention these?! Every blogger and their dog has tried these I swear. I'm so glad I tried these out because I'm addicted and have quite a few in my collection. They have beautiful shades, they're pigmented and are SO flipping comfortable on the lips, like nothing I've ever tried before. Everything about these are perfect, so I suggest trying them out if you haven't already! Finally, the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob. This lip product was all the range about a year ago now, it was the perfect nude pink shade. I really loved this lip liner, but soon got board and threw it to the back of the pile. As much as its a pretty colour, the stick always seems to snap which is really annoying because you end up wasting so much product! 

What products have you been influenced to buy through bloggers?

- Lucy 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

November Glossybox 2016

I'm back today with another Glossybox 'unboxing' type thaaang. I really enjoy doing these, as everyone gets something different in their box and its always interesting to see. Also, its a great way to find and discover new products, woo!

Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask | RRP £85 for 23ml
As you can probably see, I haven't tried this face mask yet. In a way I'm too scared to try because once its gone its gone, and I mean its not very cheap for a new one is it?! Its described as the ultimate pre-party pick me up with instant results. I'll definitely be trying that out to see if its true.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray | RRP £16
I've been using this for about 4 or 5 months now and I really like it, so its nice to have a mini one that I can take away or use once my other one has finished. The smell of this is so lovely, a very fresh lavender scent. It definitely helps you to relax before drifting off to sleep.

De Bruyere Beauté Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07 | RRP €15
By the looks of it, this jumbo eye pencil is from a French brand. This is a lovely purply, champagne shade that is very pretty put across the entire lid. Although I did find that the glitter was a bit too chunky and not exactly 'shimmery', and the longevity of it wasn't the best.

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes | RRP £4.95
I was pretty chuffed to see these in my box with month. I'm a recent false eyelash convert and am slightly obsessed with wearing them. These are really pretty and look great for a night out, without being to over the top!

Ruby Professional Large Tapered Blending Brush | €8
This was also quite a nice treat. I do love a good makeup brush, and you can never have too many blending brushes in my opinion. Its great for just blending out all your eyeshadow once its done, although its a bit flimsy. Its really soft though, so all is well haha.

- Lucy

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Song Loving Sunday #2

Remember all that time ago back in January where I shared my favourite songs, well I completely forgot about that until now when I really wanted to write a post about songs I've been loving, haaa. Music is everything to me, and whenever I can, I'll be listening to it. 

Brooklyn / Fickle Friends
I actually got to see Fickle Friends when I went to Reading this summer and they were literally insane. I can't even remember how I found out about them, but this is their most recent song and its such a tune.

505 / Arctic Monkeys
Yaaas to Arctic Monkeys. I recently fell in love with 505 again, can't believe I even forgot about it in the first place.

September / Pity Sex
This is courtesy of Katy, who mentioned this song in one of her recent music posts. Pity Sex are quite a chilled, indie band and September is honestly the most relaxing song to listen to, especially this time of year.

The Less I Know The Better / Tame Impala 
I'm officially obsessed with Tame Impala. They're such a unique band and I've never heard anything quite like their style. This song is again, very chilled out but it just has such a happy vibe to it. 

Ride / Twenty One Pilots
I've recently been converted into liking Twenty One Pilots, but damn their newest album is so good. I don't really know what kind of genre their music is, all I know is that I love it and this song.

Paris / The 1975
To be honest, I've loved this song ever since the album came out earlier this year. I feel like this song is really fitting for the colder months as well, its calming and just ugh I love the 1975 basically haha.

That's My Girl / Fifth Harmony 
Totally different to my other picks but I'm not sorry. This is such an upbeat song, and I can't help but sing along to it. I feel like theres a lot of girl power involved, and its just really catchy.

Joan Of Arc / Jamie T
I loove Jamie T's new album, and this song is probably my favourite. Jamie T has a very unique style in my opinion, and I just love this.

Walk With Me / Cosmo's Midnight & KUČKA
I really don't know anything about the artist of this song, but they have such a lovely voice. I found this on my discover weekly playlist on Spotify and had to add it to my playlist. 

This Town / Niall Horan 
I'm an ex-one direction fan girl and I'm not even ashamed to say I love Niall's new song. Its actually so beautiful, and his voice is incredible. 

What songs have you been loving recently?

- Lucy

Friday, 11 November 2016

Jeffree Star Skin Frost In Peach Goddess Review

Okay I swear I have been on the hunt for a Jeffree Star Skin Frost, forever. When I was browsing BeuatyBay the other day I spotted they had three in stock, and I literally screamed. They had King Tut, Mint Condition and Peach Goddess. And I obviously picked up Peach Goddess.

I love Jeffree's videos, and I know he's been known to be problematic but I'm willing to look past that for now. His makeup line is just incredible, and so unique. I'm a huge highlighter lover, so it was clear I needed one of these in my collection. So first things first. When I opened the box, I was truly shocked at the size of this product. Its literally massive, I really didn't expect to get so much product. Because of the size, it has a really decent mirror, which is perfect. I mean, I'm so glad its the size it is for £25 haha.

The embossed Jeffree Star logo just makes it so special in my opinion, and so personal. I'm scared to ruin it if I'm honest! The colour of peach goddess is obviously peachy, but it has a beautiful iridescent shine to it, which looks stunning swiped across the cheekbones. I have found however, that you need to really dip your brush in a few times to get a decent amount of product off. You could really build this up to be 'blinding' as Jeffree likes to say, but equally you can keep it really subtle, which is amazing. Like most highlighters, its great for the cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone. And can we just talk about that packaging though?! Its stunning, definitely not my usual favourite colour but it just suits this product so much.

Have you tried anything from Jeffree Star Cosmetics?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Equipment I Use For Blogging

I'm always really interested to see what other bloggers use equipment wise, camera stuff etc. I thought I'd share what lenses I use, and other bits and bobs I use to blog.

First things first, the camera itself. I use a Canon 70D, which is definitely on the more pricey side of things when it comes to camera equipment. But in my opinion, its so worth it. Its not just good for photography but filming as well, so if thats something you're interested in, I'd recommend this. Whats great about this camera, is that it comes with a wifi function. So I have an app on my phone that acts as a remote and I can take the photos from my phone whilst the camera's set up elsewhere, pretty cool.

If I'm going to use the wifi function, I usually have the camera on a tripod. I have this Hama Star 75 Tripod and it works a charm. I used to have a really crappy one that was super cheap, (not that this one isn't cheap) but it sucked. With this one, I can take landscape and portrait photos so its perfect for outfit photography! 

Lets talk about lenses now, woo. The lens I use for the majority of my blog photographs is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. This is perfect if you want that soft background blur on your photos, and is pretty awesome for product photography. Equally as good for outfit photography as well, as it just makes whatever's in the foreground pop. Would highly recommend this lens, its not overly expensive either so thats a bonus. Second lens I use is the Canon 24mm f/2.8 lens. This is a fixed lens again, but much more wide angle. Hence the 24mm opposed to 50mm. This is great for general landscape photography, or if you just want to fit more into a shot you're taking. I think this is a good option for flatlays as it fits a lot more into the frame, yet still gives that professional look. 

Thats basically all I use equipment wise. I hope anyone who's interested in the more tech side of things enjoyed this post!

What equipment do you use for blogging?

- Lucy

Sunday, 6 November 2016

4 Favourite Lashes

I've definitely got into wearing false lashes in a big way, I just love the way they can complete an eye look. Here's some of my fave lashes I've been loving recently woooo!

The first pair of lashes I ever bought, I honestly love these. If you're a newbie to the whole eyelash thing then I'd definitely recommend these. They just give that extra bit to your lashes, they're not over the top or daring, just pretty and natural yet still noticeable.

These are a little bit different from the last pair. If its volume you're looking for then these are the one. I think these are perfect for a night out, or if you're doing something fancy. If you've done some cool eye makeup these finish the look sooo perfectly. Also if you order them from False then they're a lil bit cheaper!

I picked these up for a gathering I was going to a few weeks back and I've used them a fair few times since, I loove the way they look. They're thinner in the middle and 'flutter' out the further they go out. This looks so flattering because it gives some lift to the outer corners of your eyes. Super pretty.

The cheapest of the bunch and probably my favourite. I'd heard Tanya Burr talking about the Ardell Demi Wispy lashes a while back, and when I saw Red Cherry offered some I had to give them a try. These look so natural but still SO pretty ahh. Each individual lash is separated nicely to make them look even and really flattering. Again these are super cheap over on False so I'd recommend highly!  

Do you have a favourite pair of lashes?

- Lucy

Friday, 4 November 2016

3 Must Reads #1

I don't read all that often, but when I do I always wonder why I don't do it more often. I thought I'd start a little series called 3 must reads, of books I've absolutely loved and would recommend to anyone.

I've been watching Will's YouTube channel for around two years now, and his videos are probably some of my favourite on the entire internet. When I heard he was coming out with a book, I knew I'd have to buy it. Essentially, Will asked his viewers questions over six months, all about relationships. Breakups, crushes, you get the idea. All the letters that he received were compiled into a book to make This Modern Love. I honestly felt all the emotions under the sun reading through this, one minute I'd be smiling, the next I'd be sobbing. Its amazing and I couldn't recommend it enough.

I previously wrote a whole review on this book, which you can read here. I read this book whilst on holiday in the summer, and I couldn't put it down. A girl called Lennie is grieving, and she has two boys on her hands. I won't say much more as I don't want to ruin it, but its an amazing read. I love how Jandy Nelson writes, its so beautiful. Would highly recommend.

This is the book I finished most recently. I managed to finish it so quickly as well, as the chapters are fairly short and snappy. If you've suffered with a mental health issue, or know somebody else that has, this would be a great read. I could relate to a lot of things Matt was saying, and it felt comforting. He doesn't just share his experience, but there's so many uplifting points in there as well. Which is so important for recovery. 

What are your must reads?

- Lucy 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

5 Autumnal Lip Picks

We're well into autumn now, and its definitely time to whip out the berry tones for me! These are five lip colours I'm definitely going to be using this autumn.

I manage to snap this up with my Boots points, after seeing Fran talking about it over on her blog. I'd been after a autumnal liquid lipstick and this is perfect. The formula of these lipsticks is incredible, and I can't get enough of it. It doesn't apply patchy or anything like that either, just an all round winner for me.

These were all the range last year, and its obvious why. These lipsticks are pigmented, and look gorgeous on the lips. Cherry Pop is a true red, not too dark, not too bright. This is a great option if you want to go for a red lip this autumn!

This lustre finish MAC lipstick is one of my all time faves. Plumful is a subtle, yet beautiful, plummy colour. Its not drying at all due to the lustre finish it has. It gives a gorgeous sheen and is sooo great for an everyday autumn lip. I can't get enough of this lipstick, and I'm sure I'll repurchase this over and over.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream's are one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas. Rome is one I picked up at the end of summer, as I was feeling a darker nude shade. This is a browny/purple toned lipstick, I can't describe the exact colour but I'd suggest giving it a swatch. Its soo pretty, not patchy at all and is super comfortable for an every day autumnal lip. 

I drifted away from No7 products over the years, as I discovered new brands and all that. Then my lovely friend Chloe bought this for my birthday and I fell in love. I think raspberry wine is a great name for this, its definitely a browny/red wine shade. Its super comfortable on the lips, which is something I always look for and it looks super pretty. I'd recommend checking out this shade!

What are your favourite autumnal lip colours?

- Lucy

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Keeping Positive

We're fast approaching the winter months, and the beautiful hot sunny days are behind us for now. As much as I love autumn/winter, theres something about summer that keeps my spirit's lifted. Things aren't as good as they could be for me right now either, college struggles, relationship struggles and what have you. I think keeping positive is so important, and I not only wanted to remind myself of this, but everyone else too.

"Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be."

I flipping love this quote. Last year was such a horrendous year for my mental health and my anxiety was just shit if I'm honest. But when I think back to what I was like a year ago, compared to now, I'm extremely happy with the progress I've made. All that keeping positive worked well, and I've managed to land myself in a happier place. I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I sure am 10x better than I was, and I'm so thankful for that.

Bad days are a thing, they happen to the best of us. Every day is a clean slate, and if today's a bad one, tomorrow might be better. If not, the one after that. You get the idea. I think what I'm trying to say is, that time is a great healer and times will get better even if you don't think that right now. Life is full of surprises, good and bad. Just keep your chin up, and the good times are just around the corner when you're least expecting it.

Take nice trips out, find your happy place and just be. I'm trying my best to do this at the moment, as its relaxing and really mindful. Stick to what you love, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise basically. I love shopping, and I'm usually in my element when doing so, and thats okay. The beach is also a happy place of mine, so peaceful, so calming. Find the calm in the storm, and take each day as it comes.

I hope this helped you feel a bit more positive, or reminded you that good times are right round the corner. I think everybody needs reminding of this every now and again, including myself. Keep positive people, much love.

- Lucy

Friday, 28 October 2016

Autumnal Vibes

On Wednesday, my family and I took a trip to Winkworth Arboretum. Its situated in Godalming, which is near Guildford. If you have no idea where that is, then basically its in Surrey somewhere haha. Autumn is the best time to visit the arboretum, as it has so many gorgeous colours on show. So, obviously I couldn't not make a post out of the photos I got. I hope you enjoy these rather autumnal snaps!

I felt so ridiculously autumnal after walking around the arboretum, and I just can't get over how beautiful all the colours were. 

- Lucy
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