Friday, 30 June 2017

Learning To Drive And Where To Get Started

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

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

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

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

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

- Lucy

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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Beauty Products I've Been Reaching For Lately

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

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

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

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

What have you been loving lately?

- Lucy

Friday, 23 June 2017

10 Things To Do This Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09. Go to a festival

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

10. Have multiple bbq's

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

What plans do you have this summer?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Models Own Haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you ever tried Models Own makeup?

- Lucy

Sunday, 18 June 2017

May Mishka Mail: Graduation Theme

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

Friday, 16 June 2017

I'm A Self Confessed Phone Case Addict

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!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Quiz Clothing Stratford Store Opening Event

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

Friday, 9 June 2017

The Super Quick Tanning Product You Need In Your Life

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!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Life Update: I've Finished Compulsory Education

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

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Luxury Product Lovin

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

Friday, 2 June 2017

48 Hours In Bristol

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