Friday, 13 October 2017

Life Lately: A Catch Up

Its a Tuesday evening as I'm sat writing this, Bake Off is about to start and I'm absolutely shattered. I thought it was about time I did another little 'life lately' post and just have a bit of a catch up. 

Soooo, I guess I'll start with the fact I'm a month into my first year at uni now. I'm studying photography, and so far I'm enjoying it. Although it is a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. I am pretty worn out, I won't lie, as I have my part time job that I do on the side as well as uni, and its all getting a bit much. I suffer with derealisation, which I don't think I've ever spoken about on here, but it was getting quite bad recently and I've felt pretty spaced out, so I think its time to cut down on some of the work I'm doing!

In other news, other than the amount of work I have to do - I got a tattoo (lol that unintentionally rhymed). Its a basic little sunshine on my ankle, and I love it. It has a small meaning behind it, which is simply that it symbolises positivity. After going through a rough time with my mental health, I felt like I needed something to symbolise happiness and just to remind me that it always gets better.

To be honest, I've just been really busy with life and haven't had the chance to blog, which is so sad. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get back to it this week and start posting regularly again, because I miss writing on this lil space. Hopefully another post will be up Sunday, if not Wednesday - yay!

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Preparing For A Good Nights Sleep

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I used to struggle quite a lot with falling asleep, and I still have the odd occasion where I literally cannot fall asleep. I thought I'd share a few things I like to do before bed to help myself drift off a bit easier, and if not, it at least makes me feel more relaxed!

I recently picked up the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, and I can safely say its the best body lotion I've ever tried. This stuff smells heavenly, and is so perfect to apply once you've hopped out of the shower or bath. Its lavender scented, so as you can imagine, its perfect for helping you to fall asleep. I've heard a few people say that this has helped with their insomnia, but I don't think its proven, so don't hold me to that one haha. Staying on the lines of lotions, having a good skincare routine really helps me with feeling relaxed. I've been loving the Botanics 100% Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz*. I think its the rosewater infused in it that makes it so relaxing to spritz over the face. Obviously, doing a face mask always works wonders too!

Alongside the skincare, switching off before bed can be really helpful. Whether thats reading a book, I'm currently reading Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland, or maybe reading a magazine. I've really been enjoying Bedboat, which is a lifestyle/beauty/photography magazine which is definitely my cup of tea. 

Do you have anything that helps you prepare for a good nights sleep?

- Lucy
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

5 Reads To Help You Out With Blog Photography

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When I first started out with blogging, I must say my photography wasn't quite up to scratch. I'm sure there were articles out there that would've helped me, but I definitely wasn't looking in the right places haha. So, I thought I'd put together 5 reads that can help you out with your own blog photography!

This book really is a life saver. I really do believe that to get the most out of your camera, you should shoot on manual. It gives you the most amount of freedom, as you can adjust all the settings yourself. This book helps you to understand what these settings are, and also talks about composition and other aspects of photography that really helped me out.

Another super handy lil book. This is really visually pleasing to look at as well as having some brilliant information. It also helps you to understand aperture, ISO and shutter speed when using the manual setting on your camera. Its an easy read, and the tips are very easy to apply to blog photography.

Rebecca has such an amazing photography style, and I'm sure its not just myself that takes inspiration from her gorgeous photography. This article is perfect if you're trying to master the ways of flat lay photography. It definitely takes a lot of practise, and you really have to work hard on composition to get it just right. Hopefully this will help you out!
I always find nice bright photographs at the top of blog posts very visually appealing and definitely draw me in. Its also quite apparent that most bloggers (including myself), like to have that lovely clean, white finish to their images. This post by Kate is really helpful, and if you're struggling to get those bright images you're after, give this a read!

The queen of beauty photography in my opinion, Lily. She has such a beautiful, effortless style when it comes to product photography. This is a really handy post to help you keep your blog photos interesting, and what sort of props/backgrounds to use in order to make them stay interesting. 

Do you have any articles that have helped you with your blog photography?

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Maintaining That Glow From Within

Even though the summer months are (sadly) behind us now, it doesn't mean that the 'glow from within' look has to be behind us too. I much prefer a dewy makeup look over a matte one, and I'm determined to keep that going through the colder months.

Pretty much all of the products included in this post are liquid based to pop on before foundation, but I think thats what gives you the real 'inner glow', if you will haha. The first thing I've been loving is the MAC Strobe Cream. I wanted to try this for a very long time, but didn't want to splash out on the full sized/full priced one. So when I was at the airport on the way to Amsterdam this summer, I decided to pick it up, as it was only around £8 in duty free. This gives a really healthy glow underneath foundation, or you can just pop it on and add concealer, that works nicely too.

A product similar to this, is the NARS Copacabana Illuminator. This is obviously very pink toned compared to the MAC Strobe Cream, which I think makes it a tiny bit more natural. Although it has much more of a sheen to it, which really brightens the skin up. This also looks beautiful dotted along the cheekbones as a liquid highlight. Next up we're straying away from makeup a lil bit, and onto skincare. The Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm* is perfect for adding a natural radiance to the skin before applying makeup. Its much more subtle than the previous two, but equally as pretty and also good for the skin!

Finally, a palette close to my heart (lol), the Sleek Solstice Palette. Every bloggers dream, I'm pretty sure of that. This doesn't necessarily give you the most natural glow, but it certainly looks pretty. I think the most natural looking shade in the palette, is 'Equinox'. A shade I will always go back to time and time again.

- Lucy
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Friday, 22 September 2017

A Birthday Trip To Brighton

As you may have seen, or guessed, last weekend was my birthday. To celebrate, I went on a lil weekend trip to Brighton. I was very lucky to be taken to Brighton for my birthday this year, and I couldn't be more grateful. I had the best time, and I thought I'd share some of the photos I snapped whilst I was away. We arrived on the Saturday, and wondered around the lanes and the main shopping centre for most of the day. We found Magazine Brighton, a magazine shop I've been wanting to visit for ages, so that was really nice!
Our hotel was at the other end of the beach, in the marina, which meant we had to walk along the beach to get to the pier and shops. Luckily it was a really sunny day, and actually quite warm, so it was nice to just wonder along the beach for a bit. We decided to go to The Breakfast Club for breakfast (of course), and it was incredible. Although the pancakes were a bit much I will say that!
I thought this was a nice photo to end with, sunny Brighton.

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

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I never tend to do single product reviews these days, but I thought this one was worth its own post!

Yes, its the highly coveted Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. A few months back I included this mascara in a 'disappointing products' post, but after writing that, I decided to keep trying it and persevere a bit more. I was pairing it with my much loved Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, and I was loving the duo. So, when last payday arrived I decided to bite the bullet and pick up the full sized version of the better than sex mascara. 

I opted for the waterproof version, because with the 'normal' one, I found it gave me really bad panda eyes, so I was hoping for better luck with the waterproof version. So, lets actually talk about how I've been getting on with this. My initial impression was just, meh. I wasn't blown away with it on first application, but part of me expected that as I wasn't a fan of the original one in the first instance.

What I was blown away with however, was the packaging. Its absolutely gorgeous, and feels quite heavy - very luxurious if you ask me. Anyway, the first application wasn't overly impressive. It didn't give my lashes the length I wanted at all. Sure, it was giving good volume and wasn't making my lashes clump together, which I loved, but I really do look for the lengthening effect in a mascara. So, its about three weeks on since that first application and I can actually say I'm getting on with it better. I feel like the more I've used it, the more I've fallen in love with it. It still doesn't give me the length I would preferably like, but it does make my lashes look natural and I think its a perfect 'everyday' mascara. Although, because this is the waterproof version, its an absolute pain in the arse to get off at the end of the day. When it says waterproof, it really means waterproof, so I'd keep that in mind haha. 

So overall, I do like this mascara, but do I think its worth £19? No, not really. I think I'll be sticking to my Maybelline Lash Sensational, as it gives me more length and is 10x easier to get off at the end of the day!

- Lucy
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Nineteen

Its my birthday! One more year of being a 'teenager' and then I'm heading into my 20's...

Sooo, its my birthday today - woo! I was intending on writing a, '19 things I've learnt in 19 years' post, but I'd already written down 18 things last year. So there wasn't much point in doing another one for this year, as it'd be pretty much the same.

I'm currently in Brighton as you're reading this, which is one of my happy places. I feel so lucky to be spending my birthday the way I am this year, and I couldn't ask for anything more. This year has been a crazy one so far, and nothing like I expected or intended. I suppose from the age of 18 onwards your life really starts to pick up and change, and you really have to start adapting. I feel like I'll end up writing a post of 20 things I want to do before I'm 20, so watch out for that coming your way soon.

I don't really have much else to say other than another year has gone by, and it gives me time to reflect on whats happened and how I'm slowly (and scarily), heading towards my 20s. But, I've still got a year left to enjoy of being a 'teenager' - yay!

- Lucy
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Botanics | The Power Of Plants

Botanics are back with a whole new look!

I remember when Botanics came out in Boots a few years ago now, and I used a few of their products for quite some time, and loved them. So when I heard they were relaunching with brand new packaging, I was really eager to try it out.

I think first of all, we need to take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the packaging is. Compared to the old style, this is really chic. I got to try out a few things from the 'all bright' and the 'organic' range, the 'all bright' range is with hibiscus and the 'organic' range is with rosewater. The first thing I tried out was the 100% Organic Rosewater Refreshing Toning Spritz*. I do love a good toner, and this is so refreshing. I've been using this as part of my evening skincare routine, and just spritz this all over my face before applying serum and moisturiser.

The second thing from the organic range I received, was the Organic Hydrating Day Cream*. I have quite oily skin, so I don't tend to use a moisturiser or day cream before applying makeup, but I was willing to give this a go. It contains rosehip, and let me tell you, this has a very strong scent. Personally, its not to my liking and the smell lingers on the face which isn't great. However, this cream sinks into the skin quickly and feels very hydrating. I'm not sure its ideal for my skin type, but if you have dry/dehydrated skin, I sure would give this a go!

Now onto the brightening range. I'm so obsessed with the pink packaging on this, its far too pretty. The first thing I tried, was the All Bright Purifying Face Scrub*. This contains hibiscus, and smells so lovely. This scrub is gentle, and really buffs away any dry skin and impurities. It leaves the skin feeling super soft, so I'm really enjoying this. Something thats a bit different, but something I'm loving. The All Bright Illuminating Radiance Balm*. This is a balm made to brighten the skin and give you a beautiful glow from within. It smooths over the skin so nicely, and works really well underneath makeup to give you that natural glow.

Have you tried anything from the new Botanics range?

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Asos Autumn Wish List

Pretty much every autumn I create a lil asos wish list of things I think would be perfect for the up and coming colder months!

As much as I love summer as a season, I much prefer autumnal fashion. Big cosy jumpers, jackets, scarfs and just generally layering things up is my fave. So heres a few things I'm lusting over this autumn!

Theres a lot of monochrome here, I'm quite aware of that but black, white and navy is just my go to haha! Whats on your wish list this autumn?

- Lucy
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Having A Bad Day

Everybody has bad days, whether its down to illness, mental health, lack of motivation, the latter or something else.
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Friday, 8 September 2017

The August Beauty Edit

Instead of a monthly favourites post, I think I'm gonna start doing a monthly beauty edit instead, so welcome to August's!
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Skinny Tan Body Glow

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Summer is slowly drawing to a close but that doesn't mean your tan has to!

Introducing to you, the Skinny Tan Body Glow*. As you may have gathered from previous posts and passing comments, I'm extremely pale. Although, I really don't like the chore of fake tanning. It means you have to prep your skin, pop it on, wash it off, maintain it etcccc. It looks good, but I'm lazy, so I only really bother with it on special occasions or when I feel like I need a 'pick me up'. So, the body glow is perfect.

Essentially, its a tinted body moisturiser that you use daily, and it develops into a subtle tan the more you use it. As always with Skinny Tan products, it smells soo good so none of that nasty fake tan smell lingering for a few days. This comes in light and medium, so if you're opting for a more natural tan I'd say light, which is what I went for. I apply this when I get out of the shower, whether thats morning or evening, as its just like applying your regular moisturiser. It only takes about two minutes and then you're good to go!

I really like how this turns out, its very subtle but not so subtle that you can't tell. If that makes any sense at all! It smells good, easy to use and its not too expensive either which I love. Would highly recommend if you're looking for make your tan more natural for the upcoming autumnal months!

- Lucy
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

University Stationery Haul

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Its nearly that time of year again to go back to school/college/uni!
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Friday, 1 September 2017

T-Zone Charcoal And Bamboo Range

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Say hello to T-Zones new range!
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Glitter Lips With Beauty BLVD

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Glitter is very on trend right now, obviously since its summer and festival season!
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Contour And Bronzing For Pale Skin

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Contouring and bronzing when you have pale skin, can be quite the task!
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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Take It Or Leave It

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I'm actually so excited to be doing an outfit post again, its been far too long.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Zoella Jelly & Gelato Shower Sauce And Body Pudding


So, Zoella has a new range out...who knew?!
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Franco Manca Event In Reading


All the way back in July, myself and Ashia were invited to an event in Reading with Franco Manca. 
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Bloggers I'm Grateful I Met


I'm all about sharing the love for other bloggers, so I thought I'd write a post dedicated to my closest blogger babes. I appreciate you gals so much, and I urge you to check out all of their blogs!

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Collective Beauty Haul


I feel like its been so long since I've just sat down, and talked through beauty bits I've recently picked up!
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Friday, 4 August 2017

Swiss Clinic Rejuvenating Serum


I'm quite the skincare lover, and I can't go a day without doing my skincare routine!
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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Amsterdam Diaries: Day Two


Welcome to day 2 of the Amsterdam diaries. As you can see from the photo above, it was quite a rainy one. Nonetheless, it was still fun to roam around Amsterdam for the day.


So, the weather didn't make for some very good photos, I'll give you that. But anyway, despite the weather, we hopped on a tram and made our way to the Van Gogh Museum. This was somewhere I really wanted to visit, as I love a good art gallery and Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists. It was pretty busy, but it was still nice to wonder around and take in the pretty artwork. 


After visiting the Van Gogh museum, we carried on wondering around Amsterdam and did a good bit of shopping. We also stopped off for food, and we were not expecting what came out on our plates. I ordered what I thought was going to be your average cheese toasty, but nope. I don't even need to explain what it was, just look above hahah. It was so delicious, I swear I haven't stopped thinking about it since. So overall, that was kind of the gist of the day and I really enjoyed it! There was also a beautiful sunset that night, which we got to witness on the walk home.

- Lucie
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Lu & Fran's Girly Chats: Introduction


The other day, Fran and I were having our usual girly chats when we both noticed that there was something missing from the blogging world, posts on raw and taboo topics. So, we have decided to team up and bring to you a series discussing sex, birth control, periods and so much more. 

Posts will be going up every Sunday at 10am on either Fran & Co. or here on Forever September, we will be sure to get a tweet out when the posts are live. Feel free to leave a comment below or message either of us privately if there is a particular topic that you would like us to discuss.

We're both really excited about this little project, and we hope you enjoy reading through the girly chats and more taboo topics that need putting out there.

- Lucie & Fran
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Friday, 28 July 2017

3 Beauty Purchases From Amsterdam


We did quite a bit of shopping whilst in Amsterdam, and I managed to pick up a few beauty bits along the way.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

5 TV Shows To Cheer You Up

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We all have our down days, but there are plenty of TV shows to put a smile back on your face. Here are some of my faves!

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Lets Talk About Panic Attacks

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I've spoken about anxiety on my blog before, but I don't think I've ever done an in depth post regarding panic attacks.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

The Amsterdam Diaries: Day One


Last week, myself, Ashia and Chloe ventured to Holland to visit Amsterdam for a few days. I thought I'd put together a handful of photo diaries, to share my experience/holiday with these girlies!


So welcome to day one of Amsterdam. We flew in on the Tuesday, but since we were staying a little out of Amsterdam itself, we decided to just stick to exploring the town we were in. The town we were staying in, was called Hilversum - it was super cute. But on the Wednesday, we decided to get the train and head towards Amsterdam. Our first stop was actually the museum of prostitution in The Red Light District. It was probably my favourite out of the museums we visited, it was just so interesting, and the confession wall was so funny. 


The first day mainly consisted of us being very touristy. Like I said, we visited the museum of prostitution, which was really interesting. We then went onto visiting the sex museum, which was...interesting haha. Lots of photos, very graphic to say the least! Nonetheless, worth visiting I'd say. Alongside both of the museums, we took a stroll around Amsterdam itself. We stopped for lunch at Omelegg, and I had the most delicious scrambled egg on toast. It was such a cute little cafe as well, would highly recommend if you enjoy all day breakfast/brunch. The rest of the day was spent browsing the shops until it was time to go back to our Airbnb. 

- Lucie
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer BBQ Essentials


We've had another spell of beautiful weather recently, which of course is perfect for whacking out the BBQ and all the other essentials for a lovely summer evening!

First up, you've gotta get out the sliders. I never thought I'd say that, or even own a pair of sliders, but here we are. I picked up this hideously tacky pair from Primark, and I've been proudly wearing these around my garden this bbq season. Alongside these beauties, I also picked up a bargain pair of £3 sunglasses from Primark. They remind me a lot of Quay sunglasses, and I love them!

Obviously a bbq wouldn't be complete without music. You need those summer tunes to get it going (lol). The Panasonic CD Speakers* would be perfect for blaring out the music, so you can hear it in the living room, kitchen and garden. With the bluetooth setting as well, it means you have complete freedom with picking the songs to play. Albums I've been loving recently are Calvin Harris's new album, and After Laughter by Paramore, both perfect for the summer season.

And obviously apart from the fashion and the music, the food. I tend not to eat meat when having a bbq, or in general, but I'm very partial to a good halloumi burger. That and some couscous salad alongside it, this 10 minute one looks so yummy, and one I plan on making next time I have a bbq. Not quite your typical bbq food but I love it, and as long as I'm sitting outside, I'm happy.

So, what are your summer bbq essentials?

- Lucy

- This post was sponsored by Panasonic, however all views & opinions are my own - 
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Soundtrack Of My Life


So this post is inspired by the wonderful Emma, who did this exact post on her blog. I absolutely loved it, and hearing about her music 'journey', so I thought I'd give it a go myself.

My first album 
One of the first albums I remember listening to as a kid, was 'Pop Party JR', or the original 'Pop Party' CD. I had a portable CD player that I used to carry around, but I used to use it mainly when we had long car journeys to go on. I remember the Pop Party JR CD had a separate DVD, which held all of the music videos to the songs, and I used to dance around my living room to it awww.

Long term relationship album
The first album that springs to mind when I see this, is the original 'The 1975' album. I've loved this album basically since it came out, and I'm still not bored of it. Its just one album I never seem to get tired of, no matter what. If I want something to listen to but I don't know what, I'll always turn to this album. 

Song that makes me happy
I have a few songs that make me happy actually. I think one that I'll always put on if I need cheering up though, is 'The Less I Know The Better', by Tame Impala. There's just something about that song that makes me feel so relaxed and happy. Its such a feel good song that I don't think I'll ever get tired of.

Song/album that makes me want to dance
One song that always makes me want to dance is 'Into You' by Ariana Grande. I do love a bit of Ariana, but then again, who doesn't?! For some reason, this song just makes me want to get up and dance my life away, its so powerful and full of energy!

First gig
This makes me laugh, but my first gig was JLS. I think I was 11, and I went with my friend and our Mum's came along as well, as we were too young to be going by ourselves. We went to see them at Epsom race course, and it was the day before I left primary school, CUTE! 

Song I wish I'd written
I am no musical genius whatsoever, and I never wish to be hahah. If I could have written a song though, it'd probably have to be 'Wonderwall' by Oasis. Purely because its such an iconic song that everybody knows and loves.

Song that reminds me of being a teen
I have so many songs that take me back to when I was about 14/15. One of them being 'The Other Side' by Jason Durelo. I remember blasting that song out, sitting in a field with my best friends at the time, having a fab summer. 

Karaoke Song
I hate karaoke so much. But if I had to pick a karaoke song, it'd probably be 'Reach' by S Club 7. I flipping love S Club and that song just takes me back to being little. Plus I know all the words to it, soooo!

Songs that remind me of home
When I think of home, I think of 80s music. Mostly because as a kid, my Dad used to play his 80s CD's in the car, and through the DVD player (lol who remembers doing that)?! 'Forget Me Nots' and 'Nights Over Egypt' really remind me of home and my family, especially my Dad.

Ultimate desert island disc
This is the hardest question, I don't know if I could pick one song. I feel like it'd probably have to be a song by The 1975, so maybe 'She's American' or 'Chocolate'. Such basic answers I know, but I do love both of those songs, and I'm not sure I could ever get bored of them. 

- Lucy
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Life Update: Where I've Been


If you're observant enough, then you'll know I've been a bit quiet over on these parts for a few weeks now.
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Friday, 30 June 2017

Learning To Drive And Where To Get Started


Its coming up to a year, since I passed my driving test. I can't believe how quickly the times gone! I thought I'd share how I got started with the learning process, and all the goes alongside it!

Learning to drive can be such a daunting task. Like where do you start?! You have to consider whether you're going to do an intensive course, normal driving lessons, find the cheapest instructor and all that malarkey! And then you've also got your theory test to revise for before you can even think about taking your test. I'm really not selling this am I, hahah. 

But in all seriousness, its so worth it. Doesn't matter whether it takes you years to pass your test, or just months. I managed to pass my theory test within the second month of learning to drive, and passed first time. I can't stress enough how important it is to actually practise for it before you go in. So many people believe you can just wing it, trust me you can't. And if you did, and passed, you're damn lucky. I used a free app to do my practise questions and it worked for me, so if you're on a budget I'd recommend getting a free app!

As for driving lessons themselves, they can be pretty pricey, I'll give you that. I think I paid around £52 for two hours worth of lessons, every other week. It adds up quickly. You just have to search around for prices that are good for you, and also look for an instructor you like, and of course are comfortable with. Pass 'N' Go, actually give out free driving lessons on their Twitter occasionally, so its definitely worth having a look at that if you're finding it hard to fund driving lessons. 

Overall, I couldn't be happier that I learnt to drive when I did. It gives me so much freedom to do what I want, and go where I need to go in my own time. Granted, its not cheap but its totally worth it.

- Lucy

-This post was in collaboration with Pass 'N' Go, however all opinions are my own-
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Beauty Products I've Been Reaching For Lately


I love knowing what people reach for on a daily basis, its how you know someone trusts a product, so it must be good right?!

Lets start with base. I've been using this foundation religiously for about two months now, and I don't know why I haven't spoken about it more. Its the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. I was so late to the party with this, but after trialling a few drugstore foundations, this was next on my list. I love everything about this foundation, even the scent. Its a medium coverage foundation, and gives such a glowy look to the skin. I have combination/oily skin and this actually seems to work quite well, can't imagine using anything else! Another drugstore offering, being the Natural Collection Blush in Dusky Pink. I remember using Natural Collection when I was about 13, but actually, their blushes are really good. I love the colour of this one.

Another one for the face, and not surprising at all really, the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. I still absolutely adore this, and its literally the best £10 I've ever spent. I've been especially loving the purple shade since the sun has made an appearance recently. Super glowy cheeks! For the eyes, I've been reading for my Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow in Copper Lustre. I'm so obsessed with these cream eyeshadows, the pigment is insane and I don't know why more people aren't talking about them. Would highly recommend!


Finally, my bargain of the century, the Essence Lash Princess Mascara. This mascara is literally £3.30....THREE POUNDS AND THIRTY PENCE. Like ridiculously cheap for what it is. The packaging is gorgeous, and it really does work well to give your lashes the volume you're after. I'm so super impressed with this for the price, I'd definitely recommend giving this a go if you're on a budget or spending ban this month!


What have you been loving lately?


- Lucy
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Friday, 23 June 2017

10 Things To Do This Summer

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Since we've had a series of very sunny days this week, I thought it'd be appropriate to list a few things to do this coming summer!


01. Take a trip to your local park
Sometimes its nice to just pop to your local park, it means you don't have to travel far but you can still have a lovely time away from home.

02. Read a book, or two
I suck when it comes to reading, I used to be such a bookworm as well! Summer is always the time I find myself diving into a good book, and I can't wait to get started on some this year. I think I'm going to start The Art of Being Normal.

03. Go on a shopping spree
Obviously this isn't subjective to summer, but who doesn't love going shopping for cute dresses and bikinis? I have eye on this super cute swimming costume from asos!

04. Make ice lollies
I remember doing this as a kid, and I used to love it. Buy yourself some ice lolly moulds and start getting creative! You could even make some alcoholic ones, like Poppy did!

05. Pop down to your local lido
I don't know how many lidos there are around the UK, and if people have them local to them. But, luckily I have two in close proximity to me. Its a great place to go with a bunch of friends, and just have a good time splashing around in the pool and sunbathing.

06. Paint your nails super summery colours
Over the summer, I like to make sure my nails are nice and bright. I think one of my summer faves is Essie's Fiji

07. Take a trip to the beach
Not just that, maybe try and find a new beach to go to. In the UK you have so many choices, make a proper day of it and travel to a part of the coast you've never been to before.

08. Go fruit picking
Fruit picking is so much fun, especially when the sun is shining. Another thing you could make a day of, maybe even have a picnic whilst you're there!

09. Go to a festival

One thing I love about summer, is the festivals. I'm off to Reading festival again this year and I cannot wait. Its not too late to get tickets, and I'd highly recommend it, even if its only for one day. Good music in the sun with your friends, what more could you want?!

10. Have multiple bbq's

Summer is about the only time in the UK where you're able to have a barbecue. Make the most of it, invite people over and share the fooooooooood!

What plans do you have this summer?

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Models Own Haul

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I haven't written a post involving makeup for a fair while now, so its safe to say I'm pretty excited to share this post with you!

As a makeup collector (hoarder), I'm always open to trying new things, from new brands, whether thats high end or drugstore. When I was up in Stratford Westfield a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a Models Own store. I'd never seen one before, and everything looked so pretty, so I was easily persuaded to step inside. They had an offer on that day, where if you spent £25 in store, you could pick any palette of your choice for free! How could I turn that down?!

So, the first thing I picked up was the Flawless Colour Correcting Cream Concealer, in the green shade. I kept meaning to try out a colour correcting concealer to see what the hype was about, and I figured this would be a perfect chance. I picked up green, as I'd heard it was good for covering redness and also good for hiding dark circles, both of which I suffer with. So far so good with this, I've been applying it before my foundation and normal concealer to my problem areas, and then blended it out using my RT sponge, mixed in with my foundation. 

Now, I've gotta dedicate a whole separate paragraph for the next two items, because oh my gawwwd. I picked up two of the Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Kits, one in 'Vintage Pink' and the other in 'Copper Lustre'. When the lady in the shop swatched one of these on the back of my hand, I knew I had to own one. They're cream shadows, that are so intensely pigmented that I was literally shook when I saw them (lol). Vintage pink is a gorgeous lightish pink shade, with a kind of silvery/copper undertone and has some serious sparkle to it. As does copper lustre. The kits come with a liquid primer, which actually works pretty damn well at enhancing the pigment, and also comes with a mixing tray, although I've never used that. My favourite of the two has to be copper lustre, just because I'm a gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow lover and will wear this on a daily basis, even if it is seriously pigmented and bold haha!

I also decided to pick up their Makeup Fixing Spray. It was actually on offer at the time so I got it for just over £3.50 or something ridiculous like that. I'm not too keen on the scent this has, but I'm willing to ignore that, as it actually holds my makeup in place really well. Also I actually love the colour of it, the pink is kinda cute haha. Then finally, I got my free palette of choice - woooo yeeeah! I decided to go for the Barely There Eyeshadow Palette. Mainly because I'm a neutral eyeshadow lover, and this just caught my eye, (no pun intended). With ten gorgeous neutral shades to choose from, I couldn't turn this down. The shadows are actually well pigmented, and I've been using this almost daily since I got it. My favourite shades have to be 'Bare Skin', a lovely bronzy shimmer shade, and 'Birthday Suit', a pinky/nude shimmer. It also has plenty of matte browns in there to pop through the crease. 

Overall, I'm so impressed with everything I've tried from Model's Own and honestly wish I'd tried some of their stuff sooner. Its such good quality, for not too much of a high price point!

Have you ever tried Models Own makeup?

- Lucy
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