Sunday, 30 April 2017

What I've Learnt From Daily Instagramming

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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
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Friday, 28 April 2017

Dealing With Troublesome Skin

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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
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Disappointing Products

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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 
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Wardrobe Essentials: The Denim Jacket


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



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Friday, 21 April 2017

Procrastination And Low Motivation


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
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Jeffree Star X Manny MUA Velour Liquid Lipstick Daddy


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
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

My Go-To Spring/Summer Scents

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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
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Friday, 14 April 2017

3 Years Of Forever September & Big Giveaway

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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. 

RULES:
- 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!
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

What I've Learnt In 3 Years Of Blogging


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
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

NEW: Skinny Tan Express Mousse

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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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Friday, 7 April 2017

3 Things I've Learnt In A Year Of Driving


I've been driving for just under a year now, and its occurred to me I've never really spoken about it, or the things I've learnt. Thats where today's post comes in!

Don't leave getting petrol until the last minute 
I'm sure we're all guilty of this, waiting for the petrol light to appear and then still driving with it on, risking breaking down haha. I've since learnt that actually, leaving it until the last minute to put petrol in, isn't the best for your car. It starts churning the bad stuff around the engine, so its best to top up ya petrol before the light comes on!

Worn out tyres can be extremely dangerous
Something not many people know about, including me until recently. The consequences of having worn out tyres can actually be deadly, not only to you but any passengers as well. Your tyres should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm around the central three quarters of the tyre. Anything under that, well its illegal. I remember learning this for the questions before my driving test, it was the one I'd always forget, but its actually really important. Other issues with worn out tyres, include air leakage, which means your tyres are more likely to leak air and lose air pressure. This becomes pretty dangerous, as it can effect steering and breaking. Lastly, a pretty obvious one, but worn out tyres are more prone to punctures, which then becomes dangerous to you and passengers, and also causes an inconveniences if you break down in the middle of nowhere. Now, I'd recommend going and checking your tyres, and potentially getting them changed. For good quality cheap tyres, visit Point S*. A company offering cheap/discounted tyres, whether thats a budget brand, or a premium/high end brand. 

Make sure you, and your passengers are always wearing a seatbelt
I can't even begin to explain how dangerous it is not to wear a seatbelt, but I'm sure most of you are fully aware of that. It does irritate me slightly, when people get in my car and decide they're not going to put their seatbelt on, so now I actually make sure anyone in my car, has their seatbelt ON. Something I've learnt, is just don't be shy when asking and make sure everyone in the car is as safe as possible. Even if you're in someone else's car and the person next to you doesn't have their seatbelt on, just politely remind them. If theres an accident, wearing a seatbelt could prevent YOUR death. Just think about that!

What have you learnt in the time you've been driving?

- Lucy
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Rose Gold Details


Back at you with yet another outfit post, clearly I'm on a roll!

I hate how pale I am in that first photo ugh, I really need to start faking tanned haha! Anyway, this outfits a bit different to the previous two I've done recently, but I feel this is very 'me'. A simple monochrome outfit thats perfect for everyday wear. 

My top is from Pull & Bear - one of my go-to shops at the moment, I adore pretty much everything they have to offer. Its just a simple, ribbed long sleeved top that goes perfectly with anything. My pinafore dress is from Topshop, and I got it in the sale, yaaas! Its quite wintery, but I'm sure you could make it work throughout spring time as well. Tights are from Primark (good old Primark), and of course my Dr Martens. The classic boot style Dr Martens, which I definitely don't wear enough but I think go perfectly with this outfit.


Onto accessories, which is sort of the main focus of the outfit. Since its a monochrome look, adding rose gold details really 'spices' it up a bit if you will haha. My dainty circle necklace is from H&M, and they usually have some gorgeous jewellery for pretty cheap, I'd recommend. And of course, my beloved Daniel Wellington Melrose watch*. The black dial matches perfectly with the rest of the outfit, while the rose gold mesh strap adds that pop of colour. I'm still obsessed, and I know it won't be leaving my wrist anytime soon. If you want 15% off your own DW watch, just use the code 'FOREVERSEP15'. Overall, I'm kinda obsessed with this outfit and I'm hoping I'll get some more wear out of it before it gets too warm!


- Lucy 

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Thoughts On University And Education


Since I'm in my last year of A Levels, and September will be when I start uni (hopefully), there couldn't have been a better time to do this.

I'm certainly not the most academic person in the world, maths and science is just not my thing. I'm more creative and enjoy that side of things much more. For my A Levels I took BTEC Business Studies, Photography and Media Studies. All very creative, well except business studies but that was BTEC so it only involved coursework and no exam.

To be honest, it was never my plan to go to university. I was actually quite against it, well for as long as I can remember. I didn't enjoy education enough to spend an extra three years in it, and I certainly didn't want to pay for it. Even up until last year, I wasn't planning on going to university. But when I headed into my last year in sixth form, that kinda changed. We got told all about apprenticeships and degrees, and I just didn't have a clue what I wanted to do. None of the apprenticeships appealed to me whatsoever, and I definitely didn't feel ready to go into a full-time job. So, I ended up looking to university, something I never thought I'd do. 


I knew I didn't want to go away from home, due to my anxiety so I looked at courses close to home. I decided photography was what I wanted to do, and I found two courses that looked good and meant I could stay at home. These were my only two hopes and I'm so happy I liked one of the courses/universities. So I've accepted my place to the one I'd really love to go to, and hopefully in September, thats where I'll be off to. Yay for another three years of education haha! I'd love to hear your uni/college/school experiences, and whether you were in the same boat as me.


- Lucy
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