Sunday, 31 December 2017

Looking Back On 2017

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I know everyone is going to say this, but how is the year over already? I swear 2017 has gone so fast, like faster than any other year of my life. So many changes have happened this year as well, its unbelievable. So, on that note, I thought it'd be nice to reflect on the past year and highlight the best moments!

01. Passing my A Levels
This year I passed my A Levels, and I was actually so impressed with myself. I managed to get an A, B and D* which is way better than I expected. So that was a huge achievement for me.

02. Starting university
With passing my A Levels, came getting into university. So off I went in September to start my photography degree. I've now been there 3 months, and have enjoyed it a lot so far and can't wait to see what next year has to hold.

03. Travelling to Amsterdam
This year I really stepped out of my comfort zone, and went with two of my friends to Amsterdam for a few days. I was very apprehensive about going, as I hadn't been on a plane since I was about 9, but I was fine and actually quite enjoyed the short flight. The trip itself was also so much fun, and I'd love to go back one day.

04. Meeting new people
This year I have met a handful of new people that I am so grateful to have in my life. I met my boyfriend around the middle of the year, and I couldn't be happier to have met him and have him in my life. Around the same time, I got talking to my now best friend Fran. Who I talk to almost every day without fail, and who always has my back no matter what. Couldn't be more grateful.

05. An amazing job opportunity
Once I'd finished all my A Level exams, I was scrolling through twitter and saw a job advertisement with a content creator I'd been watching for years. It was something that took my fancy, so I decided to apply for it, because I had nothing to lose. Several emails and mini projects later, I got an interview. I was incredibly nervous as this was a huge deal for me, but it went well and I progressed on further and got to film a video with this creator. It was an amazing experience, although sadly thats where it stopped. But it was fun whilst it lasted and I still can't believe I had the opportunity to do it.

What were your best moments of 2017?

- Lucy

Friday, 29 December 2017

The Lazy Outfit

I'm all about comfort when it comes to clothes. The comfier the better. For christmas, I got this gorgeous Lazy Oaf jumper and I think I'm actually in love. Its such high quality (and so it should be for £70), and its so super comfy. Plus, it says 'lazy' on the front, couldn't think of an item of clothing to sum me up better!
So alongside the jumper, the cat bag. This little number is from Asos, and is only £18. I feel like this is the only cross body bag I need in my collection (well, apart from the gucci soho disco bag haha). It fits everything I need, and its literally just the cutest thing ever. Also, can't forget the Daniel Wellington Petite Ashfield Watch*. This goes so nicely with the rest of the outfit. Daniel Wellington still have an offer running, where you can choose two of your favourite watches and get 10% off. I also have a promo code, 'foreverseptemberrDW' if you wanna grab yourself an additional 15% off.

Anyway, this simple yet extremely comfy outfit is one I'm sure I'll be wearing well into the spring time!

- Lucy


- This post was in collaboration with Daniel Wellington, however all opinions are my own -

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Snapshots: London At Christmas

Despite the horribly chaotic streets of London at christmas time, it sure is pretty. On Saturday myself and my boyfriend went up to London to go to winter wonderland, but we wondered around Kensington and Covent Garden beforehand, which felt very christmassy. 
Despite the rain, the lights in covent garden were so pretty and I managed to get some pretty cool bokeh shots, which was really fun to do. By the time we got to winter wonderland, the rain had stopped but it was incredibly busy. Nonetheless, it was so much fun to walk around, taking in the atmosphere and eating the nicest churros. Honestly, I wish I could have them again...they were too good!

- Lucy

Sunday, 17 December 2017

3 Festive Lip Picks

Feel like its been long time no speak, but I've finally finished uni for Christmas - yay! That means more post, more christmasy posts to be exact. So today, I thought I'd share 3 lip picks for the festive season!

First up, the NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage. I bought this lip colour last year, and not gonna lie, I've been waiting for the winter to roll around so I can whack it out again. I do love a liquid lipstick, I just find they stay put so much better than most lipsticks. Anyway, this is a gorgeous burgundy colour and a good option if you don't fancy wearing a true red lip. A classic winter favourite of mine, is MAC Plumful. This is a gorgeous satin finish, plummy/purple colour (hence it the name, ha)! I find this works really well with a gold eye look as well.

A lip colour I've been loving recently is the Colourpop Baewatch Lippie Stix. Colourpop lip products are so good for the price you pay, its incredible. This is a lovely muted purple/mauve shade, that is really long lasting and easy to top up after food and drink. Would highly recommend the lippie stix if you're thinking of ordering from Colourpop.

What are your festive lip picks?

- Lucy

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

Its two weeks til Christmas...ahh! If you still haven't done your Christmas shopping, then hopefully this lil gift guide can give you a helping hand. I've compiled together a few christmas gifts for any lady in your life right now, that she's bound to love!

One of my personal favourites is the Daniel Wellington Petite Classic Ashfield Watch*. I feel like watches are such a great, personal gift to give. Daniel Wellington also have an offer on their website, called 'holiday gifts for everyone!', whereby you can choose two of your favourites at get 10% off. I also have an extra 15% off you can use, just pop in the code 'foreverrseptemberDW'. For the makeup lover in your life, the Zoeva Cocoa Blends palette is perfect. Full of warm toned shadows, that are lovely to wear at this time of year. 

A few smaller bits, but you can't go wrong with a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick right?! In specific, Pillow Talk, the perfect nude lipstick. For the stationery lover, this gorgeous Iconic Monthly Planner. Everybody needs a planner to start off the new year, and this one is handbag friendly. Plus how cute are the lil cacti?! Finally, for the jewellery lover. This adorable Buckley London Christmas Bauble*, which comes with a set of three sweet silver earrings. It'd look so cute hung on the Christmas tree too! Below, I've got a few more gifts that I think would be perfect for the ladies in your life, so I hope this is useful! 

- Lucy
- This post was in collaboration with Daniel Wellington, however all opinions are my own -
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

So...? Fragrances

Seeing the name So...? really takes me back to when I was about 12, when I used to have their 'So...? Kiss Me' fragrance that I used to take with me in my school bag, and drown myself in after every PE lesson. Those were the days!

Its safe to say, I feel quite nostalgic writing this post. I haven't owned a bottle of So...? fragrance for years now, so its kinda cool to try them out again at a much older age. They've just released their new line called 'I am So...?', which consists of four unique scents, with equally unique and beautiful bottles. The first one I tried out was Floral Crush*. Since I'm awful at trying to describe scents, the top notes in this fragrance are crisp apple and waterlilies. Its then described to settle into a delightful floral heart of rose, red magnolia and white peony. As you can image, its quite the floral fragrance as the name would suggest. Although, sometimes floral perfumes can smell quite musky, but to me this is really quite fresh, which is lovely.

Onto Dark Romance* which contrasts floral crush quite dramatically. Its a rich blend of bergamot, pink pepper and dark praline and is described to not be for the faint hearted. This is the perfect scent for winter, as its quite rich but not too musky. I feel as though this is quite unique, and really hard to describe unless you go in and give it a sniff for yourself. All I can really say is its unique, but still really nice.

The best thing about the So...? fragrances, is they're literally just over £5 and are on offer a lot of the time. You're hardly breaking the bank by purchasing one or two of these, which is incredible considering the type of scent you get and longevity. The scent lingers really well and I can still vaguely smell it on me by the end of the day, which honestly is better than some of the higher end perfumes i own. Overall, I'm really impressed with these and would honestly recommend them highly if you're on a budget!

- Lucy
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Friday, 24 November 2017

Those 80s Vibes

Oh hey, its my face again. Please ignore the fact that my fringe is clearly in my eyes in this photo, its gotten far too long. Just focus on the outfit instead haha. Today I'm coming at you with some 80s outfit vibes!
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm kinda obsessed with Stranger Things at the moment. I mean, who isn't? The second season came out and I honestly just fell in love with the show all over again. Since then, I feel like I've been channeling my inner 80s fashion even more than normal haha. I kinda bought this jumper without thinking about it, but I'm so glad I did because I've been loving the pop of red it gives to any outfit. I always accessories my outfits as well, and paired my Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Ashfield* with this outfit. I love the minimal look of this, and it goes with pretty much everything. Daniel Wellington actually have an offer on at the moment, when you buy a watch you will get a strap included without any extra cost. So good! 

Anyway, back to the rest of the outfit. I paired the jumper with my favourite pinafore dress from Primark, and I love the way it looks. To keep the look super casual, I wore my trusty high top converse, which are pretty much my go-to shoes at the moment.

Another thing to mention, you can also get 15% off at Daniel Wellington with the code 'foreverseptemberrDW' if you wish to purchase your own watch. This works alongside the free strap offer as well, so if you've been thinking about getting one, this is a great time!

- Lucy


- This post was in collaboration with Daniel Wellington, however all thoughts and opinions are my own -

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Life Ramblings

This is probably the seventh time I've started this post now, because I just have no idea what to say. Hi, how are you? How's it goin? I feel like its been ages since I just sat down, and had a good old ramble about life. 

I haven't been posting on here as much as I'd ideally like to. I always plan to get three posts up a week, on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. However, over the past month or so thats just completely gone out the window. This is mostly due to being at uni a lot of the time, being in workshops and doing book work. Or just having some me time. Uni has been such a surreal experience so far, it feels completely normal until I take a step back and actually look at the situation I'm currently in. I've made new friends which is amazing, and I'm studying I course which I'm really interested in, but I guess I'm still getting used to it all.

My anxiety hasn't been great recently either, and I had quite a big (and scary), panic attack a few weeks ago that ruined some plans. I feel like that kinda knocked me back, and now I feel anxious at the prospect of getting anxious/having a panic attack. So its like my anxiety has anxiety, which just isn't a fun situation to be in. However, the doctor gave me some extra meds to take to help and I'm on the waiting list to see someone about my panic attacks, so lets hope that all helps.

In other news, I finished Stranger Things 2 last week and it was literally the best thing ever. I'm already re-watching from season 1, because its just that good.  I would highly recommend watching it if you haven't already, because I swear you'll fall in love with all the characters (especially Steve) haha.

I don't really think I have much else to say, other than I hope you're having a relaxing Sunday!

- Lucy 

Friday, 17 November 2017

My Current Skincare Routine

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Its that time again, where I update you on my current skincare routine. I think its had a pretty big switch up since the last time I did a post on it, so this should be fuuuun.

Obviously the first step to any skincare routine, is removing  makeup. I'm still using my very trusty Garnier Micellar Water. I've been using this stuff practically since it hit the shelves, as it just does the job so nicely. I have however, been using a new cleanser. I obviously mentioned this in my Glossier haul, but its the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I'm honestly so happy that Glossier finally made its way over to the UK, as I've been desperate to try out some of their products. The jelly cleanser has a gel like texture to it, and massages into the skin beautifully. Its brilliant at removing any last traces of makeup, and it makes my skin feel so nourished - its fab.

As for toner, I've been using the Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz*. Botanics had an entire relaunch, and their new packaging is just to die for. I've been loving this, I just spritz it all over my face once I'm finished cleansing. I usually clean my teeth whilst I let this sink into my skin. It just feels really refreshing, which I love. Once thats all sunk in, I pop some of the Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll On*. I used to use an eye roll on ages ago, but sort of stopped as I wasn't seeing much of a difference. However, this is really lovely and it helps to de-puff (is that even a word), my under eye area and feels really cooling.

Something I'm genuinely excited to talk about next, is the Glossier Super Pure Serum. I'm a sucker for a good serum, and I've tried a handful over the past year or so, but this is by far my favourite. At £24 a pop, its not the cheapest thing ever, but well worth it if you have acne/spot prone skin. It also really helps to reduce redness, which I also suffer with. After the first three days of using this, the redness in my skin was definitely reduced and I hadn't formed any new spots. So far, I'm really impressed and would highly recommend it. I have no doubts that this will be featured in a post again soon! Finally, onto moisturiser. I'm still using the same one that was featured in the last post I believe, but thats mainly because I still haven't finished it. Its the Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Cream. This is meant to help with blemish prone skin, and I must say, I haven't seen it help my skin a huge amount but it does the job. Although its quite heavily scented, so if you don't enjoy fragranced products I'd steer clear of this. Finally before I go to bed, I pop on some lip balm and for this I've been loving the Frank Body Lip Balm. It has a subtle coffee scent to it, which is soo nice!

And there we have it, my current skincare routine. I'm actually really enjoying all the products I'm using at the moment, except maybe the moisturiser but I never seem to be happy with that. If anyone has any moisturiser recommendations for combination/blemish prone skin, I'd love to hear!

- Lucy

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Time To Treat Yo' Self

I'm a big believer in treating yourself every once in a while. Whether thats treating yourself to something big, or something small like your favourite chocolate bar on the way home from work/school. 

We've definitely headed into this 'treat yo' self' culture over the past few years, but I'm certainly not complaining. I must admit, I think I take it to the extreme sometimes. I mean, how many chai lattes can you buy in a week before it doesn't become treating yourself anymore?! Anyway, I digress. Apart from chai lattes and chocolate, I love treating myself to beauty products (as you can probably tell). Since Glossier just landed in the UK, I've treated myself to a fair few of their products. A few bits I'm loving in specific, is their Milky Jelly Cleanser and Lip Gloss. I can't rave about the milky jelly cleanser enough to be honest, it makes me skin feel amazing and super squeaky clean. And I'm really enjoying the lip gloss for when I'm having a natural makeup day - its perfect. Alongside makeup, a new perfume is definitely a big treat to yourself. Clive Christian have their Addictive Arts Perfume* line, which is full of incredible, beautifully articulated scents. The White Rose Floral perfume* in particular smells absolutely divine!

Treating yourself to a luxury item (or two), is all well and good, but you don't need to splash out a load of cash to treat yourself. Sometimes running yourself a bath, grabbing a book and painting your nails is all you need. Taking some time out for yourself can be just as great as spending money on something, I'm a firm believer in that. So, set aside some time one evening and let yourself have a little pamper, and maybe you could do some online retail therapy as well, who knows?!

How do you like to treat yourself?

- Lucy

- This post was sponsored by Clive Christian, all words & opinions are my own -

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Short Trip To Durdle Door

On Thursday, myself and my boyfriend took a trip down to Durdle Door. A beautiful part of Dorset, and somewhere I'd never visited before, despite going down to Dorset loads of times over the years. It was a really lovely day weather wise, and luckily it wasn't too cold either. So, I thought I'd share a few snaps that I got whilst we were there!
I'm actually really happy with how these photos turned out, I think I have the weather to thank for that though, so grateful that it was such a sunny day. I don't really have much else to say, other than I'd highly recommend visiting Durdle Door if you have the chance, because its truly beautiful. I'll just leave the photos to do all the talking!

- Lucy

Friday, 3 November 2017

Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette

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I can't believe I've had this palette for over a month now and not spoken about it once on here! But, behold, the Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette. Literally the most gorgeous palette I have ever laid my eyes on. 

I received this as a present for my birthday back in September, and it was such a nice surprise when I unwrapped it. Its the perfect palette for autumn as well, with all the golds, warm browns and cranberry shades. Its not the cheapest palette out there, retailing at £40, but thats pretty standard for a high end bit of makeup I think. You get 20 eyeshadows in here, so technically its 50p a shadow. The pans aren't tiny either, so its pretty good if ya ask me.

You get a really good mix of mattes and shimmers in this palette too, and I literally can't get over how incredible the pigmentation is. This is probably one of the best palettes I've ever tried in terms of pigmentation. Each shadow is really buttery, and blend so well. I've found none to be chalky and the fall out isn't terrible either. You can get a fair few eyeshadow looks out of this palette as well, and I have two go-to's. As you can see, from the messy looking pan, 'Toffee' is an amazing gold colour, which is perfect for all over the lid. I then pop 'Teddy Bear', and warm reddy/brown shade through the crease. Another look I like to go for, is 'On Fleek' all over the lid, which is a lovely lightish burgundy shade, and then 'Wine N Dine' throughout the crease, and 'Teddy Bear' in the outter corner.

Obviously you can create a much simpler look with this palette as well, due to the warm neutral mattes it has to offer. But I usually like to add shimmer to my look on a daily basis, because why not? Overall, I am SO impressed with this palette and can't really find a fault with it. If you're looking for a palette for of warm toned shadows, I'd highly recommend this one, as its perfect for the up and coming winter too.

- Lucy

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

5 Struggles Of Having A Fringe

At the beginning of the month, I decided it was time to change up my hair a lil bit. I'd been thinking about getting a full fringe for a while, so i bit the bullet and went for it. I was quite fond of it when I first had it cut, but it definitely has taken its toll and started to irritate me a bit!

01. Your bed hair will be 10x worse 
If you thought your hair looked bad in the morning without a fringe, be prepared for what it'll look like with one. I usually wake up with a middle parting, and one side of my fringe pinging up to one side, its quite funny. 

02. You're gonna have to use heat daily
If you're someone who doesn't like to use heat on your hair, maybe a fringe isn't for you. If I didn't straighten/blow dry my hair it would be an actual birds nest!

03. You'll be constantly touching it to get it out your eyes
To be fair, I do have quite a long fringe and to solve this problem I could just get it cut shorter, but I don't think I'm ready to commit to that just yet. I'm constantly trying to push it out of my eyes, or detaching pieces of hair from my eyelashes, pretty irritating! 

04. Greasy hair is real
Nobody likes greasy hair, but because you're touching it 24/7 to get it out of your eyes, it means your hair produces more oil. Dry shampoo really is your best friend when you have a fringe!

05. There's less versatility 
Having a fringe is great, but I've found you have much less versatility to do what you want with your hair. I tried to do french plaits the other day, and I had to pin my fringe back for it to look 'normal'. Although, space buns with a full fringe is really cute I've found out!

Even though having a fringe can be really irritating at times, I still kinda like it and its something a bit different! And change is always a good thing right?!

- Lucy

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sunday Night Pamper Routine

Sunday nights were made for pampering yourself, right?! Its a time to get your shit together, and make yourself feel ready for the week ahead. 

Sunday evenings can sometimes put a bit of a downer on your mood, because you've got a week of work/uni/school ahead of you, that it can seem a bit daunting. However, if you push that thought to the side and take some time out for yourself to relax, Sunday evenings quickly become something lovely, and enjoyable. The first thing I like to do, is take off any old nail polish from the previous week and pop a fresh new colour on. Lately I've been reaching for Essie Chinchilly and Bahama Mama. Both perfect for the autumn months, Bahama Mama being a rich reddy/purple and Chinchilly being a muted grey/brown.

Once my nails are freshly painted and looking presentable once again, I pop my pyjamas on and start my skincare routine. I like to take a bit more time with my skincare routine on a Sunday, just because I feel like I have more time and it preps my skin for the week. I think I'll do an in depth review of my current skincare routine soon, so I won't go on about every product I use. However, I will mention the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, which I've been loving and makes my skin feel squeaky clean. I also like to use an exfoliator, which I obviously don't use daily as it'd be too harsh on the skin. For this I've really been loving the Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub*. It feels quite gentle, but still does the job of buffing away any dead/dry skin left. And what would a pamper evening be without a face mask? One I've been reaching for a lot recently is the Lush Mask of Magnaminty. A firm favourite of mine. It feels so refreshing thanks to the peppermint oil, and it really helps to calm the skin, which I need as I have quite bad scarring from break outs. 

Once the skincare routine is done, and I'm in my fresh pyjamas, its time to relax. I usually sit on the sofa with my laptop, a mug of mint green tea and catch up on blog posts. Oh, and chocolate, I always have some chocolate to hand haha. If I'm not catching up on blog posts, I'll be watching something on Netflix or YouTube. I'm currently making my way through Stranger Things, as I've been meaning to watch it ever since it came out. I'm also loving Riverdale, but I have to wait a whole week for a new episode of that...ugh! Anyway, thats my Sunday evening routine and as its currently a Sunday night now, I'm off to bed - hope you all have a wonderful week!

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

My First Glossier Order

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It will come as no surprise to the majority of you reading, that Glossier has landed in the UK. Its safe to say, I was so bloody excited about it too, as I've had my eye on so many of their products over the past year or so. So, as soon as UK shipping was available, I placed my first order. 

I was quite restrained, I must say but thats mainly because I can't afford to buy every single product on the site haha (I wish I could)! It was a struggle to decide what to order first to be honest, as everything looks amazing. One thing I knew I had to have however, was the Milky Jelly Cleanser. I love my skincare, and I'm a sucker for a good cleanser. This retails for £15, which isn't too bad, but it certainly isn't drugstore price. The packaging of this is so chic, so as well as it being a great cleanser, it also looks very pretty on your skincare shelf haha. 

Okay, enough about how pretty the packaging of this is, and onto my thoughts of the cleanser itself. In short, I absolutely love this stuff. I was a bit skeptical when purchasing, as I'd heard it was great for people with dry skin, and my skin is far from dry. However, this feels really soothing to apply and has a lovely subtle rose scent to it. It removes any traces of makeup I have left that my micellar water didn't get off, and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. 

The second thing I knew I had to have in my first order, was the Priming Moisturizer. Due to my combination/oily skin type, I've struggled to find a good primer to start my base off with. I don't tend to use moisturiser before applying makeup either, as it just adds to the oiliness throughout the day. So, I was very keen to give this a go and see if it could answer all my primer/moisturiser prayers haha. I've been using this for about a week now, and have to say it feels really nice on the skin. Although I haven't seen a noticeable difference with how my makeup stays on, or how my skin feels, so we'll see I guess!

Lastly, I picked up the Lip Gloss. I'm not sure what attracted me to this so much, as I'm usually a matte lipstick kinda gal but I really wanted to give a clear lip gloss a try. The packaging is so cute, as is it with all their products. I find this to be the perfect lip product if you're having a no makeup, makeup day as its so natural. Its a bit sticky, but I expect that with most lip glosses to be honest. It is priced at £11 though, which I'm not sure its worth but nonetheless, I'm sure it'll last a long time.

Do you have any Glossier recommendations? If so, please let me know!

- Lucy

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Sun And Her Flowers

Coming at you with something a little bit different today. I recently picked up Rupi Kaur's latest poetry book, 'The Sun and Her Flowers'. I absolutely love 'Milk and Honey', so of course I was going to love this too. Rupi Kaur writes the most beautiful poetry, and it always seems to make me feel something. So, I thought I'd share a few of the poem's from this book that I love the most. 

'a lot of times 
we are angry at other people
for not doing what
we should have done for ourselves' 
- responsibility
'the right one does not
stand in your way 
they make space for you
to step forward'

'never feel guilty for starting again'
'we have been dying
since we got here
and forgot to enjoy the view'
- live fully

I know this post was quite different from my usual stuff, but I thought I'd give it a try and who doesn't love a bit of poetry?! Happy Sunday.

- Lucy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 17 September 2017


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

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

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.

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!

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!

Friday, 1 September 2017

T-Zone Charcoal And Bamboo Range

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Say hello to T-Zones new range!

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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