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

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Current Favourites #2

Back at ya with another current favourites post...

Okay, the lashes aren't in the packaging. I couldn't find them anywhere when it came to photographing this, and I was getting really annoyed so just did without haha (sorry). Anyway, these are full strip lashes, that get fuller/thicker the further they go out. I've watched Rosie on YouTube for a couple of years now, and I'm glad I finally got round to trying something of hers out. Love these.

I've been meaning to try this foundation for the longest time as I'd heard great things about it. And finally I got round to picking it up. I have the shade Ivory, which I believe is the lightest one they do. It matches my skin tone perfectly, and has such a nice finish to it. Its medium/high coverage I'd say but works for as a daily foundation. 

I've spoken about this before in previous posts, but I'm still so in love with it. The formula of these are incredible as well, they stay on the lips pretty much all day, yet they're not drying at all. The colour is a dusky rose/brown shade, and I think that compliments my skin tone quite nicely.

I freaking love this eyeliner ahhh. I'm not the best when it comes to eyeliner, and I find brown suits me a lot better and is more natural. I had one from NYX but it dried out really quickly, so I opted for this one instead. It has a really thin nib, so its really easy to be precise. Would 10/10 recommend this!

I got this mascara for my birthday back in September, and haven't looked back since. Yes this is a rather pricey mascara, but damn its so worth it in my opinion. It holds a curl so well, and gives some serious volume. I usually use this on its own, but if I want even more volume I add a bit of the Maybelline Lash Sensational on top. 

What are your current favourites?

- Lucy

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Gruesome Halloween Makeup Look

Halloween is on its way, and this makeup look will be perfect...

I was just browsing the halloween section in Wilko's when I spotted some liquid latex. I always admire the beauty guru's who manage to pull off these amazing, gruesome halloween makeup looks, so I thought I'd give it a try this year. This was my first attempt and I'm pretty proud of it. Soo, here we go!

You're going to need some liquid latex, which I bought for £1.50 in Wilko's. I also picked up some fake blood for £1, so I could cover the latex with that. First of all, I grabbed an old makeup brush and wiped the latex across the parts of my face I wanted to make look gory. Waited a few minutes for that to try then ripped a hole where the wound would be. Then I added some of the fake blood around the edges, to hide to whiteness of the latex. I also used some concealer so it would look like it was blended into my skin. You then want to grab a palette that has lots of warm tones, some dark browns, reds, you get the gist. I opted for my Morphe 35OS palette, as its full of warm tones. The only annoying thing being they're shimmer shades, but if I were you I'd go for mattes. 

Then just improvise as much as possible, just blending colours together until it makes it look like a bruised/bloody wound. Oh yeah, have a nice close up of my face haha. This is what the final outcome looked like. After I'd fiddled about with the eyeshadow colours on the wounds, I took a shimmery greeny black eyeshadow and smudged that all over my lid, and underneath. I then went in with a red/burgundy shade and put that on the outter corners. To finish the look off, I popped on a dark purple lipstick from Topshop, which they no longer sell sadly. Also, apologies for that bit of lipstick thats smudged under my lip - I wish I'd seen that haha. And there you have it. Its all about going with the flow with this one folks, just whatever works best! Hope you liked this.

- Lucy

Friday, 21 October 2016

October Glossybox 2016

Theres always something special about monthly subscription boxes...

Last week I received my October Glossybox. I really enjoyed the September edit, so couldn't wait to get my hands on this month. Although September's was much better, there was still a good selection this month. I believe Estèe collaborated with Glossybox this month as well, which is really cool!

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait - Buttery Lip Cream | RPR £12.95
The packaging of this product intregued me so much, I mean look at it, its gorgeous! Although quite cheap feeling, as its made from cardboard. As for the product, it looks gorgeous in the tube buut its a big no for me on the lips. Its far to pale for me, and really drags across the lips, and generally sits pretty badly.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate | RPR £25
I didn't even realise these were in my box until I properly looked at the card that comes with the box. Its a mini sample, and got lost at the bottom of the box haha. Anyway, I was really happy to receive this. Although I think its aimed at anti-ageing, I still find this really nice. Its cooling and sinks into the skin really nicely.

Universal Beauty Cosmetics Secret Flush, Soothing Cream Blusher & Lip Stain Duo | RPR £15
I flipping love this. I rarely ever wear blusher, I don't really know why. But this sort of prompted me to give blusher another go. The colour of this is gorgeous, blends amazingly and is just generally a fab product. I haven't tried it on the lips yet, but I think I'll just stick to the cheeks. Thumbs up from me!

Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator | RPR £10.50
I've seen this brand floating around, and I was really pleased to receive something from them. This is suitable for all skin types so thats a bonus. I'm all for exfoliators as I have quite a lot of dry skin around my nose area. This is so gentle, and smells really lovely. Nothing harsh about this at all, yet it left my skin feeling really smooth.

PS...Pro Graphic Eyeliner | RPR £3
This is a huge eyeliner pen thing from Primark's beauty range. Annnnnd I hate it. Its a super thick eyeliner pen and its impossible to use to be honest. Just not a fan, and probably won't be using this one!

Overall, this was a pretty good box with a few really lovely goodies!

Did you enjoy October's Glossybox?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Autumnal Scents With The Library Of Fragrance

We're well and truly into autumn now and I have a few fragrances that are perfect for this time of year...

The Library of Fragrance* are a brand I've had on my radar for a long time, since Zoella raved about one of their gingerbread scents & seeing them on the shelves in Boots. They've always intregued me as they offer very unique scents, that other brands probably wouldn't do. What better time to try out some of their fragrances than autumn? They have a handful of amazing seasonal scents, and I got to try out these three!

First up, one that I was genuinely so excited by - the fragrance Bonfire*. I swear there is no better smell in the autumn time than the smell of a bonfire, am I right?! There's no denying this doesn't smell like a bonfire, its quite strong but still really lovely. This is a scent thats great for layering against other ones, and mixes so well with the other two I picked! Onto Moonbeam*. Ahh this is literally such a gorgeous scent. I like this one on its own, as its quite musky and perfect for this transitional time of year. I feel as though this could be quite a unisex scent, but uhh I'd recommend having a sniff of this one next time you're in Boots!

Last but by no means least, Cinnamon Bun*. I am a huge cinnamon lover, and it just screams christmas to me. This is really sweet smelling, and replicates the smell of cinnamon buns pretty well. I've actually enjoyed spraying my room with this, as well as wearing it because it just smells THAT good. I've layered this with moonbeam and that was really lovely. Although its really good on its own. This is definitely going to aid me through the winter months!

All in all, I love all three of these scents and think they're sooo perfect for going into the colder months!

Have you ever tried anything from the library of fragrance?

- Lucy

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Sunday Chatter #13

Back for another Sunday chitchat...

Swear I always forget to do Sunday chatter posts, which sucks because I actually really like writing them. Anyway, I'm back to talk about my week, what I've been loving etcccc. So, lets start with Monday. On Monday I went to Thorpe Park with my college on a trip for one of my subjects and it was literally so much fun. It was really quiet as well, since it was a cold Monday in October. I managed to get on the swarm, nemesis, stealth and a few of the smaller rides too. It was sunny for the most part, so that was really nice. All in all, a pretty enjoyable day!

Tuesday was much quieter, and involved a lot of college work. But on Wednesday, I had the honour of photographing my college's awards evening. This was alongside two good friends and I actually had such a good time. Its the first time I've got to put my photography skills into practice and it makes me even more excited for what the future holds. The end of the week was much less exciting, I must say. More college work was done, and yet I'm still behind haha. Soo, instead of rambling on about my week; heres some posts I've enjoyed reading this week.

01. Daisy's huge LUSH haul - you know its that time of the year when you start seeing Lush hauls, including their halloween/christmas goodies!

02. Rebecca's bases & brands that are great for pale skin - Being the pale girl that I am, this post was super helpful.

03. Carrie's beautiful photos from her trip to Sheffield Park - This post just made me happy, all the autumnal colours are so beautiful.

04. Jemma's 15 inspiring blog posts - I always love reading through uplifting and positive blog posts, so this was perfect!

05. Elena's autumn handbag essentials - I love posts like this, as I like to have a little nosy around other peoples handbags haha (my bad).

What have you been up to this week?

- Lucy

Friday, 14 October 2016

Facetox | 7 Facemasks

Who doesn't love a good relaxing face mask every now and again...

When Facetox* got in contact about trying out their organic face masks, I couldn't say no. I'm a sucker for a good ol' face mask and these are a bit lil' bit different compared to your average mask. I received the 7 Facemask box, which includes 14 sachets (7 mixed facetox blend & 7 organic rose water), and the cutest little mixing bowl. The idea behind this, is you empty the powder blend in first then add the rose water, and mix it together to create your face mask. 

Its actually quite fun making up your own little face mask, like doing a science experiment (okay not really but you know what I mean haha). I added both sachets to the bowl and I found that it was actually too much, so next time I think I'd use half of each sachet instead, otherwise some of the mask is wasted. You can use the spatular it comes with to apply the mask, but I opted for an old makeup brush, which worked pretty well. It has quite a pungent rose scent, obviously from the rose water which is quite pleasant.

The mask is meant to be left on from anywhere between 15-30 minutes. I left it on for around 20 minutes. It hardens on your face, which is actually a nice feeling in my opinion. Once the times up, I took a warm flannel and wiped it all off. I'm pleased to say the results were fab! My skin felt SO smooth like incredibly smooth, which was an amazing feeling. My skin felt tighter, but in a good way, almost lifting? I don't know if thats the right term but anyway haha. The next morning my skin was still looking great and still felt extremely smooth.

The best thing about these masks as well, they're vegan, cruelty free and all that good stuff! I think this is a fun way to do your weekly face masks, and they made my skin feel really lovely. You can get the 7 facemask pack from Facetox* here

Whats your favourite face mask?

- Lucy

Items in this post were sent for review, however opinions are 100% my own*

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Crosley Rose Gold Record Player & Record Collection

Eeee, I've been so excited to share this...

Say hello to the Crosley Rose Gold Record Player. I got this beauty for my birthday, as I thought it'd make a great addition to my room and also because I'm a huge music lover. I opted for one of the Crosley record players because of how ascetically pleasing they look. I have heard people talking about how they scratch records, but who knows, I'm sure I'll find out sooner or later. The sound quality is really great in my opinion, and its so easy to use. I must admit, I had no idea what I was doing at first but I've got the hang of it now haha. You can also play music from your phone off this as it has an aux cord, so its quite versatile. Not much else to say about this other than its just gorgeous haha.

Now onto my mini album collection. I don't have a crazy amount yet, but I'm collecting. I received three of these for my birthday and the other one I purchased myself. Soo lets start with my favourite first. The 1975's first album. I flipping love this album and will honestly never get bored of it. The vinyl itself is almost transparent which is pretty damn cool if you ask me. There's two records, with an A and B side and C and D side. Which was something else I had to learn about, they have sides haha. Favourite song from this album is probably Robbers. Second favourite album has to be Currents by Tame Impala. Tame Impala are quite new to me, but a few months ago when I discovered this album I was hooked. This also comes with two records, and is full of incredible tunes. If you're into your indie/alternative music this is an album for you. Favourite song from this album has to be The Less I Know The Better.

The final two are Every Kingdom by Ben Howard and Peripheral Vision by Turnover. I've loved Ben Howard's album Every Kingdom for a very long time and it almost feels special to have it on vinyl. My favourite song from this album will always be Only Love. Everything about that song is beautiful, I'd really recommend you give it a listen. Last but by no means least is Turnover's album, Peripheral Vision. I don't know how popular Turnover are, but I discovered them about a year ago now. Again, they're your indie/alternative band with a very chilled vibe going on. My favourite song from this album is Diazepam. I love all the album's I own and they look so pretty with their artwork displayed.

Whats your favourite album?

- Lucy

Sunday, 9 October 2016

My Evening Routine

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Since the days are getting colder, what better time to put together an evening routine...

First things first (I'm the realest)...taking off that makeup. No better feeling am I right ladies?! I recently picked up the new Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water. I was intrigued to see what this was like compared to my normal micellar water, so just had to give it a go. It takes my makeup off just as well as any other micellar water if I'm honest, but I do like the way it breaks down my eye makeup. Its heavily scented so if you're not a fan of scented skincare this one isn't for you. Then its time to hop into the shower.

If you saw my recent 'Shop My Shower' then you'll see what I like to use in my shower. I've really been enjoying the Soap & Glory Foam Call body wash. It honestly smells incredible. Then I hop out of the shower, dry myself off, get into my cosy pyjamas and pop on some moisturiser. Oh actually, before that is my skincare routine. I plan on doing a post all about my current routine so stay tuned for that! Anyway, I used to be so lazy when it came to moisturising my body, but recently my skins become a bit dry. I recently picked up the Zoella Double Créme Body Cream from her newest range. Its really inexpensive and smells truly amazing. My skin feels so soft and lovely after using it. 

Once the moisturising is done, I'll go onto dry my hair because I don't really enjoy sleeping with wet hair. Then its time for bed. I'll either sit reading through blog posts, or read a book. I'm currently reading Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I'm absolutely loving it so far, and if you suffer with a mental illness or know someone who does I'd really recommend this. Actually no, just read it regardless as to whether you have one or not, its just so insightful. Theeen....lights off!

What does your evening routine look like?

- Lucy

Friday, 7 October 2016

Shop My Shower

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I always love seeing these kinds of posts about what people keep in their shower (is that weird), anyway...

Going to dive straight into it and start with the Soap & Glory Foam Call Body Wash. Before picking this up, I must admit I hadn't heard anything about it. I'm a huge fan of the Sugar Crush scent, so was originally going to pick that one up again, but then I spotted this. I personally think its a very unisex scent, its not fruity or floral at all. More musky but also very fresh. To be honest I can't really explain, I just recommend you pick this up for yourself haha! 

Second up, shampoo. I've tried so many shampoos and I can never find one I really love. So to switch it up a bit, I decided to pick up the LUSH Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar. I'd heard great things about the Lush shampoo bars but always thought they weren't for me and they were a bit of a strange concept. But I decided to bite the bullet and give one a chance. The girl in the Lush store recommend this one to me once I told her my hair type, and I think she did quite a good job. This smells incredible, as you can imagine and works really well. For conditioner, I use the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. I saw quite a lot of bloggers raving about this range when it was first launched a few months ago, so decided to try it out for myself. So far so good, it smells amazing and makes me hair feel incredibly soft. 

What shower products are you loving at the moment?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Meet The Blogger: Oh January

I haven't done a meet the blogger post in a VERY long time, so I decided hey lets start this up again, so today we have the lovely Hannah...

01. Hey Hannah - Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi! I live in beautiful Cornwall and work full time in Digital Media. My passions include coffee, dogs and anything with cheese in. I'm so lucky to live in a location that is bursting with inspiration. Whether it's a coastal walk or finding a new spot to fall in love with - which is all content for my blog! Photography is also something I have always enjoyed, but now it's time to up my game and learn techniques to improve.

02. What made you start up Oh January?
I don't quite remember but I know that travelling was the main spark. After months of saying I would start, I finally did and it was the best decision I ever made. It allowed me to grow as a person and gave me incredible opportunities, meaning I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without it!

03. Whats your favourite type of post to write?
Lifestyle and travel posts are my all time favourite posts to create. There's something about capturing moments and keeping them alive forever that I just love. Ultimately I'm creating these posts mainly for me to look back on and if anyone else enjoys them, well, thats just a bonus!

04. Lipstick or mascara?
Oh my, that is a real tough one. I would have to say mascara because without it I just look naked. But if you were to ask my favourite out of the two, lipstick FOREVER!

05. How would you describe your style?
Comfort is my jam. I would say my style is still evolving day by day, I know this as I am constantly looking at my wardrobe and feeling a craving for something a little different. But at the moment, I would say I am definitely a jeans and trainers kind of girl. I love a cosy cardigan and hat, so bring on Autumn and everything that comes with it!

06. Who's blog should we be reading right now?
Hannah Gale's blog is always one I come back to, her writing is an inspiration and just grabs and pulls you in. Her photography is always dreamy and real, so if you haven't discovered her already, give her a read - you'll be in for a treat.

07. What advice would you give to people thinking about starting a blog?
Don't think twice about it, just get going and start creating. Don't look at others and compare yourself - just do you!

I hope you enjoyed reading through this post and getting to know Hannah a bit more. Go over and follow her amazing blog Oh January. You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin'. Go give her some love, she totally deserves it!

- Lucy

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Morphe 35OS Palette

I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of the infamous Morphe 35O palette, well I managed to get my hands on the 35OS...

When I saw this on BeautyBay I was very quick to send a screenshot to my boyfriend, as it was a few weeks before my birthday and I mean who wouldn't want this gorgeous palette in their life?! I'd heard so much hype over the 35O palette but it was forever out of stock. This palette is essentially the shimmer version of that, and I'm so excited about it. I prefer shimmer eyeshadows over mattes anyway, so winning!

You get 35 shadows in the Morphe palettes for only £19.50, what an absolute bargain. This palette consists of very warm tone shadows, which suits me and my blue eyes wonderfully. There's a fair few neutral, champagne shades which I'm obsessed with. In the photo they all look very similar in the top left corner but in real life its easy to see they're all pretty different. There are also some STUNNING orangey shades.

Onto my favourite shades in this palette. The shade on the bottom row and the furthest right, is gorgeous. Its an amazing burnt orange shade with lots of red undertones, and is so nice for all over the lid if you're going for a more bold look. For a more muted orange, more bronze shade the fourth one along on the bottom row is lovely. More appropriate for a subtle makeup look. The third shade along on the top row is such a beautiful shade for the inner corners of the eyes. Anyway, I could go on about each shade for ageees so I'll stop there haha. Overall though, all the shades I've tried are extremely pigmented which is surprising for the price point, although I'm definitely not complaining. You get a good amount in each pan as well, so you 100% get what you pay for! Love this palette very much.

Have you ever tried a Morphe palette?

- Lucy
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