10 Things To Do This Summer

Friday, 23 June 2017

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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!

A Models Own Haul

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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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!

May Mishka Mail: Graduation Theme

Sunday, 18 June 2017

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Its that time of year again, exams are finishing, people are graduating and its a flipping good feeling!

I'm A Self Confessed Phone Case Addict

Friday, 16 June 2017

Just gonna stray away from the pretty phone cases for a second, and just apologise for the lack of blog posts around these parts recently. Well, over the past week. You probably haven't even noticed BUT blogging schedule will be back to normal from now on!

Quiz Clothing Stratford Store Opening Event

Monday, 12 June 2017

On Wednesday, myself and Ashia (liveforluxe) made our way up to London, to attend the opening of the new Quiz store in Westfield Stratford!

The Super Quick Tanning Product You Need In Your Life

Friday, 9 June 2017

Fake tanning can become quite the chore, but this product is so quick and easy you won't even have to spend 10 minutes doing it!

Life Update: I've Finished Compulsory Education

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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I did it, I made it. I've finally finished compulsory education!

Luxury Product Lovin

Sunday, 4 June 2017

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Who doesn't love a good luxury beauty product?!

48 Hours In Bristol

Friday, 2 June 2017

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, myself and my family took a little trip up to Bristol. 

My Current Skincare Routine

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

As much as I love makeup, I'm also quite the skincare fanatic as well!

Mental Health Mondays: Living With Depression

Monday, 29 May 2017

Happy mental health awareness month! Well....kind of ironic because me and 'happy' don't get on so well. My name is Chloe, I'm 18, and I have depression and anxiety. Lucy asked me to do a post for her series this month and of course I said yes because it's just so important to break the stigma surrounding mental health and make sure people know they're not alone. 

A Few Tips To Help Grow Your Blog

Sunday, 28 May 2017

A nice unrelated photo of cakes above, but who doesn't love cake?!

Teeth Whitening With Janina

Friday, 26 May 2017

Teeth whitening is something I've been contemplating doing for a while now, but have never known where to start with all these different products on the market!

Fathers Day Gift Guide With TJ Hughes

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Don't panic, you haven't forgotten Fathers day haha! We're still a couple of weeks away, but better to be organised right?!

Mental Health Mondays: Dealing With BPD

Monday, 22 May 2017


How do you describe what life is like with Borderline Personality Disorder in one post? It’s going to be tricky but let’s give it a go.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health condition that often begins in adolescence and continues into adulthood. To put it simply, BPD is a disorder where your mood can be so unstable that it can fluctuate from feeling suicidal to feeling euphoric in a matter of hours. The way you perceive the world is very different from other individuals, and everything appears to be so much more intense. Many people with the condition, including myself, have other mental health conditions too and self-harm is a common symptom.

What’s my story then? It’s difficult to write about, but it’s vital people share their experiences of mental health conditions so other people can understand what life is truly like for us and as a result, learn how to effectively support us. 

It was August 2015. My moods had become more and more volatile. I was filled with rage on a daily basis, to the extent where I would break objects, shout vile things at my loved ones, and yet I was petrified of anyone leaving me and would do anything I could to prevent this from happening (a common behaviour for individuals with BPD). I had not yet been diagnosed with the condition. I was driving erratically, putting myself in danger, and self-harming on a regular basis. All I wanted to do was to die, to end the years of torment I had gone through with my mental health conditions. I walked to a train track, and waited for the darkness to succumb to me. 

When I was found, the police were called and I was placed under a section. It wasn’t until I had been in a psychiatric hospital on two separate occasions that I was diagnosed with BPD. Was I relieved? Partly – I had an explanation as to why I felt the way I did, a reason as to why I felt everything so much. Why I was in so much pain. But it was then that my journey began. Since August 2015, I have been hospitalised on five separate occasions. Most of them I was placed under section. It never gets any easier. It is always so scary, difficult, tiring, lonely. 

Life with BPD is exhausting. You never know what frame of mind you will wake up in from one day to the next. Some days, it’s like every fibre of my being is energised and I want to do everything. I talk quicker, move faster, seem more productive. Other days I can’t get out of bed. I can’t eat, sleep, think and I don’t want to talk to anyone. I self-harm to feel something, or sometimes to punish myself. 

I’ll be brutally honest – sometimes I am scared of myself. Scared of how I’ll react in a certain situation. Scared of if today I will make an attempt on my life. Scared of if I will put my loved ones through more underserving pain. I am reminded every single day in one way or another about my stays in hospital, the battles I’ve faced. 

Another part of BPD is a lack of self-esteem and an understanding of who you fundamentally are. I have changed jobs so many times. Gone to university, dropped out, gone back, dropped out. I have no idea where to go in life. I hate the way I look, and will sometimes restrict what I eat just to gain some control. I feel like I don’t fit in this world, like I am the ‘odd one out’ even though so many people live with this illness. 

Fortunately, I had a massive life change that has hopefully put me on the right track for recovery. I moved from Norfolk, England to the Scottish Highlands last year to live with my mum who has held my hand through every part of my journey. I found an amazing GP and a brilliant Community Mental Health Team. I’m now half way through a therapy programme called STEPPS (find out more at http://www.steppsforbpd.com) and I’m learning new techniques to help me cope. I’ve also met a man who is so wonderful, patient and caring and means the world to me. 

Whilst some may argue with this, I believe that having BPD has actually given me some positive things too. Feeling everything so much means I also get to experience the deepest kind of love for those around me. I marvel at the small things – a good cup of coffee, a beautiful scenery. It has allowed me to meet an online mental health community which has helped make me feel less alone. 

I don’t know what the future holds for me. I have hopes, dreams, ambitions, but whether I will be able to achieve them or not is another thing entirely. I have seen that recovery is possible, and at the very least I can learn to live alongside my illnesses and not let them live my life for me. I want marriage, children, a good career, all that stuff. I will work hard to have these things whilst remembering to also take one day at a time. 

If you have BPD, remember you are not alone, that there is hope and there is so much help out there. Sometimes it’s trial and error. I’m often changing medications, trying new coping strategies, and some will work and some won’t and we have to learn to accept that that is okay. It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for us. We must talk about BPD. We must do further research. We must get people to understand. We need to stop the stigma. If we all stand together, raise each other up and stand by one another when we feel we can’t manage, then together we can make a difference.

This was a post from Kimberley, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram by clicking the links. Thanks Kimberley!

2017 General Election From A First Time Voter Perspective

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Without a shadow of a doubt, you will know that on June 8th, you will be expected to cast your vote as to who will run our country for the next 5 years.

Everyday Jewellery Pieces

Friday, 19 May 2017

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Jewellery was never my thing until a couple of years ago, when I realised dainty pieces were my thang!

Top 3 Nude Liquid Lipsticks

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Its official, I'm obsessed with nude lipsticks!

Mental Health Mondays: Me And My OCD

Monday, 15 May 2017

I'm Nicole, and I have obsessive compulsive disorder, more commonly known as OCD. I also suffer from health anxiety, Emetophobia (which is a severe fear of being sick) panic attacks, EDNOS and depression. However, today I'm going to be sharing my experience of suffering from OCD for Lucy’s ‘Mental health Mondays’ to celebrate mental health awareness month.

Palettes Perfect For Blue Eyes

Sunday, 14 May 2017

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As someone with blue (basically grey) eyes, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite palettes that really accentuate that blueness!

Indy Luxe Pink Pearlescent Unicorn Makeup Brush Set

Friday, 12 May 2017

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Look how beautiful these brushes are, have you ever seen something so pretty? Because I know I haven't!

Rose Gold Beauty Picks

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Rose gold has taken the world by storm, and its especially prominent in the blogosphere!

Mental Health Mondays: A Confused Mindset & Paranoia

Monday, 8 May 2017

I’m a lucky person, I have a home with a family, we have laughs and there’s always food on the table and a bed for me to lay in. 

Many people would describe me as a funny, bubbly, easy going person. This is true I love nothing more than to be kind to people, be silly and laugh my head off. I spend a lot of my life trying to make other people feel comfortable being themselves, that’s how I role. Man how I wish I could do that myself. I enjoy to challenge myself, Reading festival last year was the best thing ever, I was told not to go in big crowds and mosh (it’s a bit of a trigger for me) but I pushed my boundaries and had the best time of my life!

I’m one of those suffer in silence kind of people, the “save your tears for the pillow” type. I choose to keep my mental state very private…it just makes me feel stronger that no one knows. But, it’s really because I’m embarrassed by it. I’m scared it’ll make me lose my friends and even my closest relationships, sometimes I think it’d be much easier to have a broken leg or something…at least it’s not as scary to explain or for other people to understand! 

It all started for me when I was about 5 years old, my parents begun to realise I got worried and worked up over the smallest things (I won’t bore you with the details). But after my mums concern I saw someone and was diagnosed with anxiety. I learned ways to suppress the nerves; one of the best tips I was given, was to take a breather if I got extremely nervous, step back and list the reasons why I was worried. Then slowly eliminate them by realising it wasn’t going to be that bad. Don’t get me wrong its still there, but its helped and I’m grateful for that. 

I am now 18 and have developed signs of paranoia and body dysmorphia, these have developed in the last 2 years. I know what you’re thinking, oh typical she hates how she looks. But that’s the issue, I believe whoever I tell isn’t going to take it seriously and think I’m a vain horrible person when I’m nothing of the sort. I avoid mirrors, I constantly think something needs to be fixed. It’s hard, I worry I’m going to lose my relationships because I always think they could do better. There are some route causes to these problems including an ex, other people, personal problems and being surrounded by people I think are amazing, beautiful and 100x better than me (but again I’m not gonna bore ya it’s looonnnngggg). But hey it ain’t all bad! Last year I took up photography, this is perfect for me, I’ve found something I don’t have to be in front for the camera for and my work can speak for me. I tend to joke around about my issues, making light of things makes me feel better. The main thing to remember is you’re not alone. 

Whilst being at college I’ve met this insane girl (the one and only blogger herself). Having this person that gets me is the best thing that’s happened to me, talking to people is good but having someone you know will be there no matter what is what makes ME happy. It’s still tough, I still struggle, but personally having loving people around me and a hobby I am proud of, makes me feel good! Lots of people tell you NOT to suffer in silence but I think you should do what makes YOU feel strong, whether that’s talking it out or keeping it to yourself, you do you. Remember you are you and that’s the best you can be.

This was a post from one of my closest friends Marcie, so thank you so much to her for doing this for 'Mental Health Mondays'. You can follow Marcie on Instagram here. She also took this stunning photo as well, I mean how talented is she?!

Colourpop Haul

Sunday, 7 May 2017

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You have no idea how excited I am to be sitting and writing this post!

5 Throwback Makeup Products

Friday, 5 May 2017

I was going through my makeup collection the other day, and spotted an old MAC foundation that I haven't used for ages and it got me looking for more old school products I haven't used in a while!

Well & Truly Snacks

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

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If you know me, you would know I am the snack queen. Snacks are my fave, and these are no exception!

Savoury or sweet, I just love to snack, its even better when they're actually a lil bit healthier than your normal crisps or chocolate. Well & Truly make snacks that little bit healthier, by not using any additives, preservatives or colours. Also theres no genetically modified food, so you can be sure that what you're eating is okay for ya body!

So, I was kindly sent their Crunchy Cheese Sticks* and Gluten Free Tortilla Chips* to try out. I was so excited by the crunchy cheese sticks because I am quite the cheese fanatic. These were the ones I opened straight away of course, because I couldn't wait. If any of you remember having 'Nik Nak' crisps as a kid, they're the same shape as those, they're a nobbly kinda shape (lol). But I cannot tell you how good these taste, I mean if you love cheese like me, then these won't disappoint. They're very cheesey and well, highly addictive. Luckily they're not super bad for you, or else I'd be in trouble. They're gluten free as well, so for any gluten intolerant readers, don't worry, you can try them too! 

As for the tortilla chips, well they're just as fabulous. Personally, I could just eat these out of the packet with no dips or anything (and trust me, I do), but having these with some guacamole or salsa dip would be just, well delicious! These are also gluten free, so more accessible to a wider audience, which again is great! They also have 40% less fat than your average tortilla chips, so actually you can feel less guilty when you 'accidentally' end up eating the whole packet in one sitting. 

Well & Truly snacks are available buy from Tesco stores, and only come in at around the £2 mark - not too shabby if you ask me! If you're looking for a tasty, and fairly healthy snack, I would definitely recommend these two!

- Lucy 

Mental Health Monday: Living With Emetophobia

Monday, 1 May 2017

Happy mental health awareness month! To celebrate a whole month dedicated to breaking the stigma around mental health, I've decided to start a mini series for this month only. Welcome to 'Mental Health Monday'. 

Every Monday in May, will be a post all about mental health. Today's one is from me, and my personal experience with emetophobia, something I suffer with every day. However, there will be posts from various people, friends of mine, fellow bloggers, about their mental health experiences. I hope you enjoy this, and I hope it raises a bit more awareness for mental health and the stigma behind it.

So, welcome to my personal experiences. I suffer with anxiety, and a phobia of vomit (emetophobia). My first experience with the fear of sick, was when I was around five years old. My friend said she felt sick, and proceeded to throw up in my house. Even then, as a little girl I felt scared. I cried to my parents once she'd left, I was shaky, and actually showing signs of what I now know is a panic attack. As a child, of course I caught bugs and threw up several times myself. It didn't make me any less scared though. I would always have a shaking fit before being sick, cry and shouting for my parents. 

I don't want this to specifically be a history of my phobia as such, but more what its like living with the immense fear. Imagine having to check dates on all foods before you eat it, if you're eating meat, check its thoroughly cooked, or just avoiding it all together as you don't want to face what could happen if you do eat it. If someone you know/love has a 'bug', avoiding them at all costs. You don't want to catch that. Using hand sanitiser before eating anywhere in public, in fear you've picked something up that might be on your hands. Or maybe its avoiding certain food groups, as you connect them with being sick, or feeling sick.

These are struggles I go through day in day out. Admittedly, I used to be much worse than I am now but still, I always have those stupid thoughts at the back of my head. I won't even take medicine a lot of the time, due to the fact sickness is a side effect. Basically, I'll do anything in my power to avoid it. Even if I'm having a good day, happy, not anxious, these silly little thoughts of sick are lingering at the back of my mind, and they never really go away.

I also suffer with panic disorder, which is linked to the emetophobia. Usually the panic attacks are caused by the emetophobia, so for example, if I feel sick or I've seen/heard someone be sick. Or if I've managed to just wind myself up to the point of panic of course. Which isn't fun. So, its something I suffer with on a day to day basis unfortunately. I do think I've got better in some respects, but I definitely still suffer immensely with the phobia. 

Anyway, if theres anything I've learnt over the past few years is to not give up hope. You will get better, and you will survive. As much as I hate it, and it affects me daily, I know that I'm going to be okay overall. I use apps like 'Calm' to help me out when I'm feeling really bad, and also breathing techniques. Just whatever works for you! Keep positive and never give up.

- Lucy

What I've Learnt From Daily Instagramming

Sunday, 30 April 2017

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I know Instagram have made some...questionable, changes recently that not everybody is loving. Despite this, its still one of my favourite platforms and I've been 'Instagramming' for a whole month now.

The first account I used for my blog Instagram, I kind of neglected. Then me being as stupid as I am, I linked it to my personal Facebook account which I really didn't want to do. Which invited people I know to follow, when really that wasn't the purpose. I decided to just delete that account entirely, and start again. So, we now have '@forever_september' 2.0. I've been 'Instagramming' daily for a month now, and I just thought I'd share what I've learnt by doing this. 

01. Having a backlog of photos is a life saver
If you're gonna be posting a photo daily, then you're probably going to want a backlog of photos stored. This means you won't be stressing out each day thinking 'Oh no, what do I take a photo of today?'. You'll have some photos you can pop up without having to worry what you're going to capture each day.

02. Its fun to mix it up
As much as I love makeup, I really like to switch up my photos and not focus solely on beauty. Whenever I've been out, to London for example, I'll get snap happy. I think it breaks up a theme quite nicely, and ends up making it all a bit more casual. 

03. It doesn't have to be all white
I decided to make my 'theme' white, which is pretty cliché of me, but I think it looks pretty. Although saying this, not every photo has to be predominantly white. I've got photos of the sky, blossoms etc which don't really contain any white as such, but with the power of editing they fit in nicely with the rest of the photos.

04. Interacting with your followers is great
Obviouslyyyyyy. Liking and commenting on others photos is great, and it shows support! With all of these people using 'bots' lately, I think its nice to show you're a genuine follower and like what this person is doing!

05. Have fun with it all
At the end of the day, its not all that serious. Although this point slightly contradicts my previous four points, I mean you don't have to follow any of what I've just said haha. I just enjoy having a theme, and making my photos a lil bit white etccc. If thats not your jam, then you do you! Its all fun and games, and just enjoy!

If you fancy following my Instagram, you can HERE

- Lucy

Dealing With Troublesome Skin

Friday, 28 April 2017

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I've never had particularly great skin. Its gone through phases of good and bad, but unfortunately I'm in a pretty bad stage right now. My poor skin needs all the help it can get at the moment!

I was using Lush's Ultrabland cleanser and it just wasn't cutting it for me. As much as I love more natural skincare, sometimes it just doesn't do the trick for my troublesome skin. So, I went to Boots and picked up the Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Cleanser. Its aimed towards spot prone skin I believe, which is something I was looking for. I must say, I haven't noticed much of a difference since using this, but I do think it calms my skin down, and it also feels really refreshing.

Something else I like to use to help my skin, is The Body Shop Seaweed Clay Mask. This is an oil-balancing mask, so is great for combination/problematic skin like mine. I suffer with dry patches around my nose, but an oily T-Zone, so it can be a bit of a struggle. This really helps to make my skin feel normal for once, and softens it too. I did a whole review on it here if you're interested. Now, lastly we have the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. This is an odd concoction, but a brilliant one nonetheless. Basically, you have to dip a little cotton bud into the pink sediment at the bottom and then you pop that on any pesky spots. This has helped so many of my spots almost disappear over night, its magical. Now, it doesn't always work as some spots are very persistent and just refuse to disappear, but for the most part this works pretty damn well.

What products do you use to help with troublesome skin?

- Lucy

Disappointing Products

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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I don't like being too negative about products, but sometimes theres products that I just can't get on with!

The first disappointing product, is the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. I had high hopes for this foundation, after so many bloggers raving about it. I knew they changed the formulation and re-did the packaging. However, the reason this is disappointing is because it clings to my dry patches of skin so bad. I have dry skin around my nose that won't budge whatever I do, and this foundation loves to just gather around those patches, therefore I can't really use it. My second disappointing product, is the new Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder. A new release to the beauty world, with lots of bloggers talking about it, I decided to give it a go. Its a great concept, but the reason I dislike this is because it kinda goes everywhere. Because its a powder it smudges really easily, and I manage to get it under my brows and ugh, its a pain. It might just be me and my precision, but its not quick or easy enough to be using on a day to day basis.

I'm quite sad about the fact I've got two Too Faced products in this, as I actually really love them as a brand. However, the Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette, just didn't do it for me. I've written a whole review on it here, but in short the pigmentation isn't great and it was just underwhelming, especially for a Too Faced palette. Another disappointing Too Faced product is their Better Than Sex Mascara. This is another cult favourite, but I just couldn't get on with it. Purely because it gave me such bad panda eyes, and I hate that. By the end of the day, most of it was underneath my eyes and just nah, who has time for that?! 

Lastly, a non makeup product but a skincare one. The Nivea Light Moisturising Day Cream. I'd used this before, and quite liked it but it was nothing special. So I repurchased, but this time the one aimed at normal and combination skin. I used this before putting on my makeup, and this was a bad mistake. It makes my skin SO oily and my makeup is practically falling off my face throughout the day when I use this. So its a no from me!

What products have disappointed you recently?

- Lucy 

Wardrobe Essentials: The Denim Jacket

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Welcome to a mini series of wardrobe essentials, where I talk through a few staple pieces in my wardrobe.

To start off the mini series, I have the classic denim jacket. I only added a denim jacket to my wardrobe about a year and a half ago, and I should have done it sooner. Its such a versatile piece that works with so many different outfits. However, here I paired it with a simple and comfy outfit. Usually how I like to wear my denim jacket. 

First off, I have a Levi's 'vintage' denim jacket. I actually bought this off Depop for £15, which I thought was an absolute bargain. Definitely worth shopping around for a Levi's denim jacket, they're all over the place, eBay, Depop etc. I've paired it was a stripy top from Urban Outfitters, that sits really nicely underneath the jacket itself. I'm not the biggest fan of double denim, so obviously opted for some leggings. These are from Topshop, and are the best leggings I've ever tried. They're super thick which means no embarrassing moments where you can see ya pants through them haha! Please tell me we've all been there?! Anyway, they're very comfy and very versatile. Finally, the shoes. I opted for my floral Vans. I adore Vans, they're so comfy and so classic. These floral ones add a pop of colour to the almost monochrome outfit too. 

And how can I forget the bag?! The dupe of the century, from Matalan. This looks very similar to the Chloe bags, but for a fraction of the price. Its a bit of a Mary Poppins bag as well, it fits so much in, even though it doesn't look as though it would. As for my rings, they're all from Pandora. Also, please excuse the very windswept photo there, as you can imagine, it was a lil bit windy down on the beach front haha.

- Lucy

Procrastination And Low Motivation

Friday, 21 April 2017

I am the queen of procrastination, anything that means not doing work...well I'll probably be doing it.

In fact, I should be analysing some photos and doing my photography sketchbook right now but instead I'm writing this post, how ironic. When it comes to school/college work, I've never been great at giving it my full attention. There always seems to be something else thats more interesting, blogging for example. I don't find revision fun in any way, and it doesn't stick in my head. I'm pleased I didn't pick very academic subjects for my A Levels or else I'd probably be having a break down right about now.

I don't know why, but I just have such low motivation for college work. I want to do well so bad, but I can't seem to put the required effort in. I think I'm quite a 'perfectionist' as it were, and I hate doing something if I know it can't be completed properly, so I have to wait until I have all my resources and everything I need to get the task done properly. I can't use this excuse for revision though, only for my photography sketchbooks haha. Revision I guess, is one of those things that needs to be done but nobody wants to actually do it. You could compare it to an injection, like, who ever wants one of those hahah?! Anyway, I digress, I just find it hard to put effort into something I'm not 100% committed to. 

Although I realise, this is life. Unless you're super lucky, you're never going to 100% love your job, or life for that matter. Bad tasks will come your way, and well, you just have to do them. So maybe I should take my own advice here and just suck it up, and get on with it. I dunno, I'm rambling on now. I just always find something better to do, and end up doing more relaxing and less work. I need a huge motivation kick basically haha.

Do you have any tips for staying motivated?

- Lucy

Jeffree Star X Manny MUA Velour Liquid Lipstick Daddy

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

I have become quite the liquid lipstick lover, and when I heard about Jeffree and Manny's collab I knew I had to get my hands on one of the liquid lipsticks!

Luckily BeautyBay stocked the collab, and I managed to get my hands on the shade 'Daddy'. I opted for this shade as I thought it was more wearable over 'I'm Shook', which is a cool toned red kinda shade. To be honest, I couldn't really afford to be buying a £16 lipstick, but this is limited edition and well, I couldn't resist. 

I've previously raved about the Jeffree Star liquid lipstick formulation, and how much I love it and this shade is no exception. A seriously lightweight, highly pigmented liquid lipstick. I only have to dip into the tube once, and I usually get a full application, which is perfect. Now the colour. I was a bit unsure when I saw it to start off with, as I thought it might wash me out. However, it looks much lighter in the tube than on the lips. On me it comes up as a mid/darkish brown shade. Something I'm not used to wearing, but actually I've fallen in love with the shade. Works for every day wear, but also could be dressed up for evening time too.

Overall I'm super impressed with this, Jeffree and Manny haven't disappointed. I know Jeffree Star is a bit of a 'marmite' person, you either love him or hate him but to be honest I can't help but love him. His lipstick formulas are incredible, and I'll continue to buy them as they're such good quality!

Did you manage to get anything from the Jeffree Star X Manny MUA collab?

- Lucy

My Go-To Spring/Summer Scents

Sunday, 16 April 2017

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With spring well and truly here, I thought I'd share two scents I think are perfect for this time of year!

My first favourite, is the Viva La Juicy La Fleur. This has been a firm favourite of mine for about two years now, I just haven't got bored of it. I know that the Juicy Couture packaging can be a bit tacky, but don't underestimate their scents, they're lovely! It has notes of wild berries, sparkling mandarin, waterlily, honey suckle and caramel. Basically, its a very light, sweet/floral scent that I never get tired of.

My second favourite, is actually a new addition. Luckily, I found this in the sale for only £3.75 - such a bargain! Its The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig. This is only the fragrance mist, but its still really strong. Its described as a fresh, green, fruity scent and that is spot on. Its different to a lot of other 'summery' scents around, as its definitely more fresh than floral/fruity which actually I prefer.

Its hard to describe scents, but I mean you can go and give these a sniff if you're passing Boots or something haha, I promise they won't disappoint if you're looking for a new spring/summer fragrance.

Whats your favourite spring/summer fragrance?

- Lucy

3 Years Of Forever September & Big Giveaway

Friday, 14 April 2017

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I can't believe I've been writing on this little blog of mine for three years now, crazy!

I put my first post live this time three years ago on Forever September, well, it wasn't called Forever September back then but we'll ignore that haha. I'm pretty proud of how far this little space on the internet has come, and how its improved over the years. I've learnt a lot and met so many amazing people in the community, and I'll forever be grateful. So to celebrate, I thought I'd do a giveaway as a thank you. 

So as a thank you, you could get your hands on:
- Eylure Naturals number 015
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics Birthday Suit Palette
- 'Gloss Like A Boss' shopper bag
- MUA Undress Our Skin Shimmer Highlight in 'Iridescent Gold' 
- The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream Mini
- The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig Body Lotion Mini
- Freedom by Topshop Three Piece Gold Choker

There we have it, lots of lil goodies. I had to include the Tanya Burr Birthday Suit palette, purely because its one of my faves, just too pretty! Also if you haven't smelt TBS Italian Summer Fig range, you're in for a treat, its amazing. So, if you'd like to get your hands on all this just fill out the Rafflecopter below. 

- This is strictly open to the UK only
- You must fill out the compulsory options on Rafflecopter (Follow my Bloglovin', Twitter and Instagram)
- If you're under 18 make sure you have permission to enter
- The giveaway will run for 4 weeks and ends on the 12th May 
- Winner will be chosen at random, and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is picked 

Good luck everyone - and thank you for three years of support!

What I've Learnt In 3 Years Of Blogging

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

I can't quite believe its coming up to my 3rd year of blogging, (on the 14th) and I don't know where the times gone!

Today I thought I'd share what I've learnt in three years of blogging. To be honest, its quite a lot and only in the past year I'd say, have I properly got to grips with the whole blogging thing. 

Get involved
This is something for the first two years of blogging, I did little of. Of course, I had a Bloglovin' account where I'd follow others, comment and read their posts. But what I mean by getting involved is using Twitter and Instagram to your advantage, and joining in with the blogging community. Its so lovely to chat to other bloggers and make friends, and I think thats the thing I love most about blogging. Also, get involved in Twitter chats. It gives other bloggers out there the chance to discover your blog, and also for you to find others. 

Photos can speak a thousand words
I know blogging isn't all down to the photography, and I admire a lot of bloggers for their writing style. However, I do believe that the photo you put at the beginning of your post means a lot. When I first started blogging, my images were unedited, and didn't look 'professional' at all. Since then, I've learnt how to use the manual setting on my camera, and worked my way around Photoshop. Although, you definitely don't need a fancy camera or Photoshop. iPhone cameras work wonders, and if you can get the composition right, and all that jazz, you're good to go!

Invest in a cute design
The default templates that come with blogger, or wordpress aren't anything special in my opinion. Sure, they're great for when you're getting to grips with the whole blogging thing, but if you want to give your blog a bit more 'something', then investing in a proper design is the way to go. It doesn't even have to be expensive, for example mines from Etsy for just under £10, bargain if you ask me! 

Don't get obsessed with numbers
Sure, numbers are important. Its always so pleasing to see your follower count go up, as it shows people like what you're doing and that can be a great feeling. But I've learnt not to get bummed down when your follow count isn't going up, or you're losing some followers. At the end of the day, if you're enjoying blogging and your content then who cares. You keep doing you, and people will follow if they want to/enjoy your content and style.

Have fun
Of course, you've gotta have fun. Your blog is yours and you've got to do what YOU want to do. Don't always follow the crowd, and make sure you write about things you're passionate about. I love beauty, but I'm also passionate about lifestyle type things, such as photography and mental health, which I try and incorporate into my blog. Make sure you sprinkle a lil bit of you into each of your posts. 

What have you learnt in your years of blogging?

- Lucy

NEW: Skinny Tan Express Mousse

Sunday, 9 April 2017

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Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Skinny Tan's newest product, the express mousse!

The event was in the beautiful Farm Girl Cafè, in Notting Hill - completely idyllic. Me and my very good friend Ashia, hopped on a train late Wednesday afternoon and made our way to Notting Hill. The Farm Girl Cafè is situated in the prettiest street, with all the typical colourful houses. Safe to say I was in my element haha. We were greeted by the lovely PR lady, Rosie, who invited me to the event, and the venue was super tiny, but very cute. This was my first ever blogger event, so I was super excited to see a few faces of bloggers I knew. One of the best bits, was the free prosecco, it was soo nice!

Anyway, onto the mini review I have for you of the new Skinny Tan Express Mousse*. Theres quite a few tanning mousse's on the market, but this is definitely one of the better ones I've tried out. Skinny Tan promises no streaks, and no biscuity smell. You can leave this on for up to three hours for a deep tan, or as little as one hour for a nice bronzed glow. I decided to go in the middle(ish) and leave it on for just over two hours. When first applied it smelt of coconut, which was so refreshing as a lot of tans have an awful smell when applied. It went on really easily, and then after around the two hour mark, I washed it off in the shower. Now, going back to Skinny Tan's promise of no streaks, I can confirm that to be true. I did have a few really bad patches, but I know that was just due to my application and lack of exfoliation haha. As for the biscuity smell, unfortunately there was a slight lingering smell the day after, once it'd developed over night. But to be honest, I kinda expected that as I've never found a tan that doesn't give off that smell once developed. 

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the new express mousse and would recommend it. Also whilst at the event, we received a goodie bag of Skinny Tan products. I'll just quickly mention what was inside, as I'm so excited to try them all out. I have the 24 Hour Bronzer, 7 Day Tanner in Ultimate Dark and the Pre Tan Primer. Thanks to Skinny Tan for the wonderful event, and I can't wait to test out the rest of the products!

Have you ever tried Skinny Tan before?

- Lucy

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