Wednesday, 31 August 2016

End Of Summer Blues

Finally getting round to an outfit post yay...

I've been meaning to do an outfit post for the longest time but have never found the confidence in doing so, buut here we finally are. I think you can get to know people through their style, hence why I'd like to share more outfit posts on Forever September.

Anyway, the summer is coming to an end, which I'm pretty sad about as summer's my favourite time of year. I've been obsessed with pinafore dresses pretty much all year, and obviously I'm going to incorporate them into my summer wardrobe too. The one I'm wearing is from Primark, and it was a right bargain. I bought this back at the beginning of the year and have basically been wearing it non stop. I don't think its available anymore sadly, you know how Primark is, things come and go very quickly!

Stripy tops are also a staple item for me, and I'm kinda obsessed with them. This ones from H&M and I picked it up in the sale for £5, yay for sales! You can get tops like this basically anywhere, I just find H&M to be a great place for cheap tshirts! The thing I'm truly obsessed with lately is my choker necklace. These are really popular right now, and I spotted Hannah wearing one in her outfit post and knew I had to own one myself. My other accessory being my sunglasses. I picked these up from Primark, again at the beginning of the year and I think and they've served me well this whole summer. 

Lastly my bag is from a charity shop so I really have no idea where you'd pick this up. I love this though, it has a vintage feel to it and its just so useful. Finally, my shoes. My favourite pair of shoes that I own. My black hightop Converse. I've had these for two years and they're my go to pair of shoes as they're just so comfy and go with so many outfits. Can't go wrong with these!

- Lucy


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Photo Diary: Camden Market & Southwark

Back at ya with another photo diary, this time in London...

So the other week me and my two friends took a trip up to London. We had to pop up to the Tate Modern gallery for our photography course work, and we walked through a bit of Southwark I believe to get there. The buildings around where the Tate is are stunning. We also spotted an electrical box thing (i dunno) painted with chilli's! Which is pretty cool. After we'd been to the Tate and done the stuff we needed to do, we decided to go to Camden. I'd never been before, and I don't think I was quite prepared haha.

Camden market is literally bustling with people, its so jam packed. Its not my ideal location but the market stalls were right up my street nonetheless! So many vintage stalls, which I had a good rummage around in. Record shops, souvenir stalls, you name it, it was there. It was a very interesting place and I'd love to go back when I have a bit more money to spend and see what I can find!

Wheres your favourite place in London?

- Lucy

Friday, 26 August 2016

Morphe 600 12 Piece Sable Brush Set

I've never tried anything from Morphe before, but I stumbled across this brush set and couldn't say no...

A short disclaimer before I start this post. This is the Morphe 600 12 Piece Sable Brush Set. This means that the brush hairs are made from sable & goat hair bristles. I did a post not too long ago about animal cruelty/being vegan etc. However, these brushes are a cruelty free collection so I don't have an issue with buying them since I'm not a vegan myself. So just be wary if you are or have a problem with animal hair bristles! Anyway, lets get onto what brushes you get in this set & what I think of them!

Brow Groomer - I've always used a brow groomer to brush out my eyebrows and this is pretty standard. Nothing too special!

Spoolie Brush - I'm so pleased I finally have a spoolie brush, I'm now using this to brush out and groom my eyebrows apposed to the brow groomer.

Flocked Sponge Brush - The classic applicator for eyeshadow, one that I'm not a fan of. I'm sure I won't be using this at all, because I tend to use various brushes to do my eye makeup.

Angled Liner Brush - I swear I never use brushes for their original function, but I love using this for filling in my brows. Its just the right size and you can be really precise with this one.

Pointed Liner Brush - Another brush I probably won't use but I'm willing to give it a try at some point (no pun intended haha). This is meant to be great for applying gel liner with.

Soft Fan Brush - This is probably the main reason I bought this set to be honest. I've been on the hunt for a decent fan brush for ages. I love me some highlighter and I know using a fan brush makes it look even better. This is so super soft and does a great job at applying highlight.

Smudger Brush - I love using this little brush to apply eyeshadow beneath the eye, just under my waterline. Super practical!

Chisel Fluff Brush - Classed as a multi tasking eyeshadow brush and I couldn't agree more. Again this is so soft and perfect for packing on shadow, blending out etc.

Oval Fluff Brush - A super fluffy/soft blending brush, I've been loving this! Maybe even more so than my beloved Sigma blending brush!

Oval Lip Brush - I personally never use lip brushes, but if you're really into makeup or a makeup artist I feel like this is a great brush to have in your collection!

Tapered Blush Brush - Again, extremely soft blush brush! I've also been using this to bronze my face, and it works really well with that.

Tapered Powder Brush - The biggest brush of the bunch, but I don't own a powder brush so this is perfect. Also super duper soft, so I'm happy!

Overall I really like this brush set and for only £11.25 you can't go wrong. Its got some great staple brushes that can be used on a daily basis. And for the price, they're really amazing quality. I'd recommend!

- Lucy

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Food, Food & More Food

Coming at you today with a very food orientated post...

There was a farmer's market on in my local town, so I decided I'd venture out (with my Mum haha) and take my camera along with me. Farmers markets are actually really nice to have a stroll around, and the food is usually pretty insane. There were amazing cakes, as you can see and a stall with ALL the bread and pastries. There was also a stall with loads of interesting fruits. I picked up some flat peaches (or donut peaches) and they are just so yummy. Can't believe I haven't tried them out before. Anyway, just a quick post to display the photos of all the amazing food!

- Lucy

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Easy To Use Product For Those Who Struggle With Eyeliner

I literally suck at eyeliner, its taken me such a long time to get the hang of it but I think this has helped me out a lot...

The NYX Felt Tip Liner in Dark Brown has literally been a God send. Although for some reason I can't find this on Boots or the official NYX site for that matter, so I just hope the place I've linked is legit. I bought this in my local Boots anyway, so I can only assume they're stocking it in stores?! Anyway, this eyeliner is amazing if like me you're pretty rubbish at achieving the whole cat flick thing or are a beginner with liquid eyeliner.

I was determined not to give up with liquid eyeliner, as I knew I'd get it the hang of it at some point. And hallelujah I finally have (just about). I've been obsessing over NYX lately and have bought quite a bit from them already and this was just another thing that managed to find its way into my basket. I decided instead of going for a black eyeliner I'd go for something a bit more natural, so I picked it up in dark brown. This honestly makes it 10x easier, as it looks much more natural once on the lids and any mistakes can easily be rubbed away. The nib on this felt tip liner is stiff and doesn't move at all which I personally find very helpful. Its easy to keep a precise line as the nib isn't moving about in all directions. If you're a beginner with eyeliner or just rubbish at it like myself, I'd highly recommend giving this a go! Also creds to Char from Chars Little Blog for coming up with the title for this post haha (go over and say hi to her, love her blog)!

Whats your favourite liquid eyeliner?

- Lucy


Friday, 19 August 2016

Center Parcs: Photo Diary

For our family holiday this year we took a trip to Center Parcs...

My first birthday was spent at Center Parcs (how cute) and we've made a couple of trips since, so it was nice to be revisiting. I went to the Center Parcs in Longleat, right next to Longleat Zoo in fact. Its essentially a huge woodland area where you can do lots of activities. We spent a fair bit of time in the pool, as it had really cool slides. The rapids (pictured above) were SO much fun as well, even though I did end up bruising my knee quite badly. We went canoeing and pedalo-ing(?!) across the lake which was so relaxing, well the pedaloing was much more relaxing as I didn't have to do anything but sit there haha.

On the Wednesday my Mum and I had a spa morning. I've never been to a spa before because I've been too young but finally I was allowed to go in haha. We went in various meditation rooms and I honestly don't think I've been more relaxed, I actually fell asleep. We also had a facial booked in, which was soo nice. I wish I could have one every day, my skin felt amazing afterwards. Before we left the spa we sat down and had some pastries and drinks and it was all very fancy. Theeen back to reality. The rest of the week was spent lounging around, reading and playing badminton. It was lovely to get away for a bit and have a relaxing five days.

Have you ever visited Center Parcs?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

I'm a bit of an eyeshadow junkie, and I'm so pleased I now have this in my collection...

I guess I am a little late to the party with this one, but here we have the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. This was a gift from my boyfriend and its safe to say I was very happy when I unwrapped this. A palette full of neutral brown shades, what more could you ask for? Too Faced are a brand renowned for amazing products that have got the beauty obsessives buzzing. I'm fairly new to the brand and only own their Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue (which is a firm favourite by the way), so I'm pleased to be trying more bits from them.

Okay so onto what I actually think of this palette. I'm a big neutral eyeshadow lover, and think its pretty much the only thing that suits me. You're definitely not short of amazing neutral shades in this palette with 16 shades. The shadows are all very pigmented and actually quite buttery. I haven't found any serious fall down with these shadows which is such a bonus. The shades I've been loving most are, Truffled, Puddin', Rum Raisin, Mousse and Butter Pecan. Truffled is a great chocolatey brown shade for the crease, as is Puddin'. Rum Raisin, Mousse and Butter Pecan are great all over lid shades. I think those three would be great for a wash of colour as well if you were in a rush. Basically, I love this palette and it has such a good choice of shades and I think this could suit so many skin tones and eye colours.

Whats your favourite Too Faced palette?

- Lucy

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Sky Is Everywhere Review

I actually read this book in four days...

In my last book review post (All The Bright Places) I said how it took me about three months to finish that book, but it only took me FOUR DAYS to finish this one, its safe to say I'm impressed with myself haha. The book is looking a bit battered but I did pick it up in a charity shop, so its clearly been well loved. This is also another book thats in Zoella's book club so I thought I'd give it a try.

I cannot get over how good this book was to be honest, the way it was written was just beautiful. Jandy Nelson did such an amazing job with this one. The story is about a teenage girl called Lennie, who is mourning over her recently dead sister. She lives with her Gram (Grandmother) who has taken care of her and her sister all their life. Obviously you'll find out why if you read the book, I don't want to spoil anything for anybody planning on reading! Anyway, Lennie finds herself falling in love and the story goes from there really. Lots of different emotions are portrayed in this book, and I felt really connected to Lennie and some of the other characters. Its a really great read and I'd highly recommend it, its magical.

Have you read any good books recently?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Two Nudes You Need In Your Life

I've fallen in love with nude lipsticks lately, I never thought they'd suit me because of pale complexion but these two just nail it...

Okay...I had never tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams until lately (I know). But now I have I don't think theres any turning back. The first shade I picked up was Cannes. I'd describe this as a pinky/brown shade, more so pink than brown. Its actually quite hard to explain but you just need to go swatch it for yourself to see its beauty haha. The matte lip creams aren't at all drying and are the most comfortable matte formula to have ever touched my lips!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich | £5.50
The second shade I picked up was Zurich. In the photo (and real life) this and Cannes look practically identical. However when they're on the lips they're totally different. This is much lighter when applied and is definitely more pink than anything else. Zurich doesn't have any brown undertones but is a lovely neutral nude pink. If you prefer a more natural lip I'd definitely choose this one over Cannes. I still think Cannes is my favourite of the bunch but this is very pretty if you're going for a natural makeup look.

What are your favourite soft matte lip cream shades?

- Lucy

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

I'm probably the hundredth million blogger to write about this product buuut its just so beautiful I couldn't resist...

The blogging world has gone pretty crazy for this drugstore palette, and I can now understand why. Sleek are a brand that I've loved for quite a few years now, I used to love their blushers so much. This palette has been around for quite a while but I was skeptical about picking it up because its a drugstore palette, I was unsure if the pigmentation of the highlight would be any good etc. Boy, was I wrong.

The Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette is a smallish palette that consists of four different highlight shades. Each one is very individual and nothing like I've seen before to be honest. There are three powder highlights and one cream (the top left one). I've been enjoying using the cream highlight under my brow bone to put some emphasis on ma eyebrows haha. The other three are just so beautiful dusted along the cheek bone. My favourite two have to be the shades Subsolar (the yellow highlight) and Hemisphere (the purple highlight). I never thought I'd use a purple highlight but it gives the loveliest glow to the face its amazing. Each shade has good pigmentation which is such a plus for a drugstore product. And finally, look at that packaging though. It looks so nice sitting alongside my other makeup, although it does get fingerprints on it quite easily due to the finish of it. But I can definitely get over that, since this is probably my new favourite palette to highlight with!

Have you tried this palette? 

- Lucy

Friday, 5 August 2016

All The Bright Places Review

This book was so heartwarming...

I actually picked up this book in April and just finished it. I'm such a slow reader and I forgot about it and had to pick it up again etc. BUT I finally finished it yaay. I thought I'd do a quick review of it as its proving quite popular since featuring in Zoella's Book Club.

This is a young adult fiction, but a really great one. It follows the lives of a boy named Theodore Finch and a girl called Violet Markey. They both find themselves at the top of the bell tower at school for the same reason, wanting to jump. Finch manages to talk Violet down and neither of them jump. It then follows their journey from then on. The author Jennifer Niven has touched on mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder and also dealing with the loss of a loved one. I feel like she does this in a kind and gentle way thats quite subtle. It does only scratch the surface of mental health issues however thats not the focus of the book. The real focus is Violet and Finches relationship with one another.

I don't want to give too much away, but I'd give this a 4.5/5 because it tugged at my emotions at so many points and I felt very connected with both characters throughout the book. If you enjoy John Green's books you'll certainly love this!

- Lucy

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Soap & Glory Peaches And Clean

I'm always on the look out for new skincare (I'm a bit obsessed) and when I heard about this I had to give it a try...

I love Soap & Glory as a brand, and can't get enough of their stuff. I'd heard a few people talk about this product but I really wanted to try it out for myself. For ages I've been using my trusty Garnier Micellar Water and love it. I also just finished up a bottle of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which I used occasionally as well. Sooo what better time to try something new? The Soap & Glory Peaches And Clean is a 'deep cleansing milk', which melts off makeup and cleanses the skin.

First things first, if you don't like scented skincare then maybe this one isn't for you. It does have a distinct peach scent to it (I love peaches so its all good with me haha), but if you're not one for fragranced products then you might want to give this a miss. Second of all, I'd never heard of a 'cleansing milk', so that intregued me. It comes out like a lotion, but as soon as its rubbed into the skin its more of an oil based product. Which is where it gets to work at melting off your makeup. It works in a similar way to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but its got a more slippery/liquified texture. I work this into my face to take my makeup off, then use a wet muslin cloth to take off the excess. I have to say this works a treat even around the eye area, as I find mascara hardest to get off. It hasn't irritated my skin in any way, and it doesn't sting my eyes at all, wehey! I also love the packaging, anything with a pump is great and you get so much product in this bottle! All in all I think I've found my new favourite makeup remover!

Whats your favourite makeup remover/cleanser?

- Lucy
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