New Years Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Last year I posted my New Year’s resolutions and I thought it was a good way of setting the goal posts for what I wanted to achieve for the year. So I’ve decided to do it again this year…

1.       Stay organised
Organisation is key! I feel like I work better when I’m working to a schedule, otherwise I panic and hardly get anything done. This organisation resolutions includes being organised and on top of things in my work, university and blogging routine. I understand that with being a blogger comes responsibility and consistency which I feel has been absent over recent months. I’m willing to put the effort in within the new years as a love blogging and it will not only be beneficial personally but also with my university course.

2.       Passing my driving test
Save up, pass my theory test then my practical and be able to drive by the end of the year that is all I ask!

3.       Giving something back
New years for me is about appreciating what you have, celebrating your achievements and being thankful for what you’ve got. In 2013, I really want to give more to charity but also giving more to you guys, the readers. Therefore, I’m going to try and set up a giveaway in the New Year for all my lovely readers along with donating more to charity and all in all giving more to others.

4.       Healthy living
Next year I want to become more active and have more of a healthy living ideology. I feel like it’s not only good for your body but also keeping a focused mind and again keeping me organised.

5.       Take more photos
Looking back at memories in photos is the best feeling ever so why not take more photos and capture more memories?

What are your new year’s resolutions? 

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Blogmas Day 6- The Christmas tag!

I cannot believe it’s less than 5 days till Christmas, Christmas has come by so quickly this year! I thought I would continue on with the Christmas spirit on my blog and take part in the Christmas tag. I hope you guys all enjoy!

1. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends, as Christmas is the only time everyone gets the time off work and we all get to spend a few days together.

2. What is your favourite makeup look for the festive season?

My favourite makeup look is quite minimal throughout the festive season with bright red or dark red lips.

3. Real or fake tree?

We have always had a fake Christmas tree as it’s so much easier, however I would love to have a real Christmas tree one day!

4. Giving or receiving presents?

I love giving presents because I think I’m really good at buying presents for family and friends so I love to see their faces when they open their gifts

5. Do you open your presents in the morning or evening?

Usually about mid-day after Christmas breakfast and a long nap haha

6. Handmade or bought Christmas cards?

Bought cards! I don’t think I’ll ever have time to make handmade cards L

7. What is your favourite Christmas film?
My favourite Christmas film of all time has to be ELF!
8. What is your favourite Christmas food?

EVERYTHING! I love the turkey and stuffing and I especially love the pigs in blankets yum and the pudding.

What do you love about Christmas? Have you done this tag?


Blogmas Day 5- Most reached for products

Throughout the past two months I have found myself not really delving into new products, as I am pretty content with all the products I am using at the moment. These are just a few items that have been the products I've reached for the most so far over November/December. Some products I have been continuously re-purchasing this year and others are new in the collection. Here they are!

Barry M nail polish. I have loved the colour burgundy/oxblood red for autumn winter so there is no wonder this has been a go to product! But most Barry M nail polishes are such reasonably priced there is no reason why any colour couldn't be in one of your favourites.

Sleek true colour matte lipstick in Vamp. As I already said I love the burgundy for autumn winter and I feel that this lipstick can add a lot of drama and flare to a plain and dull winter outfit.

Elf eye shadow primer. The first eye shadow primer I have used so far and it works a treat in keeping my eye shadow on throughout the day in combination with my Mac fix+.

L'Oreal Elnett satin heat protecting spray. One of the best heat protecting sprays I have used so far! This heat protecting spray smells amazing and leaves your hair feeling super shiny and sleek; unlike some heat protecting sprays that feel like they just sit on top of your hair. Avaliable in 3 different types; curl straight and volume. I brought the curl heat protector but I feel it works just as well when using it to straighten your hair. I don't like the claim that it 'lasts for three days' but the product itself does leave your hair feeling nice and smooth.

ASOS cross earrings. These earrings are so easy to wear with anything and available in pretty much every desirable colour.

Nivea Daily Essentials night cream. The Nivea daily essentials range as become part of my everyday skincare routine over the past 6 months. An invigorating night cream that is not too heavy on the skin. This night cream is perfect for keeping your skin moisturised throughout the night.

What are your most reached for products?


Blogmas Day 4- So far so good

Outfit of the Day, Asos necklace, surfing the net, Outfit of the Day 2, red lipstick, the best chocolate ever!, the 02 arena, yummy cupcakes my sister got for me, my crazy beautiful sister.

Just a few photos of what I have been up to so far this week. I arrived back from London this afternoon and I made it my mission to do a post today even though I am extremely tired. London was AMAZING, it was so good to spend some quality time with my family as I don't get to see them as much as I would like too. We had a bit of a shopping trip in Westfields shopping center and went for a bit of dinner at Jimmy Spices at the 02 last night which was nice. Apologies for a very short and sweet blog post today I am just so exhausted...  I hope you have all enjoyed Blogmas so far!



Blogmas Day 3- Dear Santa...

1. Bunny Iphone case 2. Necklace Regal Rose 3. Playsuit River Island 4. Benefit They're Real Mascara 5. Marc Jacobs Lola, 6. Studded slipper River Island

I never usually write christmas list, that's most likely the reason why I never really get anything I ask for lol but this year I decided was going to be a productive one and I was going to write my christmas list for my family. So here it is... Hopefully I should be getting an Iphone for christmas and I just saw the cute bunny iphone case and fell in love! I've only heard good things about the Benefit They're Real mascara and when I went to order on their website it was sold out, so that's obviously a good sign. I would really like to try out this mascara and everything I have brought from benefit so far I have instantly fallen in love with! And everything else is just what I have been lusting over for the past few weeks :)



Blogmas Day 2- BRB, I'm off to London

Hi Guys,

By the time this blog post goes up I should be in London yay. I've gone to London for a few days to see family, have a short break and do a little bit of christmas shopping. I have scheduled blog posts for over the next few days and 'normal' blog post will return when I get back on Thursday. Please do continue to leave amazing comments and I promise I shall reply/respond to all when I get back! Follow me on TWITTER to keep up to date with what I'm getting up to in london.



Blogmas Day 1- Quick update

*Images sourced from Tumblr.com

Hi guys, so I just wanted to do a quick blog post to update you guys on everything thats been going on and what i've got planned  over the next few weeks. So I've been a really bad blogger recently I know but I have a really good idea of blog posts over the christmas period to change all of that! As I have literally been snowed under with university work though out most of this month, I thought i'd do something different to make up for my lack of blogging!

I've decided to take part in blogmas, which is actually an idea from Anne Saccone whereby you blog everyday over December about what you've been getting up to that day. I'm going to do my blogmas a bit different, whereby I am going to try a blog every day from now until january but include ootd blog posts and make-up reviews ect along with what i've been up to that day.

Starting tomorrow I will trying to blog almost everyday until January. I hope you guys enjoy this new blog post idea and please do leave all of your links below of what blog post you have/are doing over the christmas period!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!


Style Crush 11# Cara Delevingne

*All images taken from Tumblr.com

Cara Delevingne is a British model is currently a fashion model for Burberry, she has also won Model of the Year 2012 at the British Fashion Awards. The perfect style crush for December as I absolutely adore this model, if you follow me on tumblr you'll understand. Delevingne is such a beauty model with such a quirky taste in fashion and laid back attitute. Sister of the British model Poppy Delevingne who has modelled for brands such as Laura Ashley, Mango and Burberry. The last style crush of the year and one of my favourites!

p.s I also have a special surprise coming up for you guys so stay tune this month!

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Want of the Week || Christmas pudding gloves

Seen as it's the first week of christmas and everyones putting up our christmas trees I thought i'd start with the christmas themed blog posts! I thought these christmas pudding gloves where such a cute winter warmer to get you into the christmas spirit and I absolutely adore fingerless gloves with the mitten fold over.



Want of the Week || Doc Martens dupe

I recently came across this website prettylittlethings.com after I had ordered a few things from boohoo and i've pretty much adored the website every since. A mixture of Boohoo and Missguided, the website offers on trend fashion products at a very reasonable price. Not everything is to my particular taste however these bad boys have caught my eye. I really like these boots as they are a pretty good dupe of the black patent doc martens! With this style of Doc Martens ranging from £79 up to £100, if your on a budget and feeling like treating yourself i feel like these boots will do just the trick as a Doc Martens dupe.

Has any one else found a really good dupe for Doc Martens... leave ALL your links below!



Top 5 Berry Lips

1. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour SPF 12 in Crimson, £18.00 
2. Illamasqua Generation Q Lipstick in Magnetism, £16.00 
3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Colour Satin Radiance in 010 
4. Topshop Lipstick in Hazard, £8.00 
5. NARS Sheer lipstick in Fast Ride, £17.50

Berry/Oxblood products have been extremely popular this Autumn/Winter so I thought i'd share with you my top 5 berry coloured lipstick choices...

I have only swatched one lipstick on my choices which is Topshop Lipstick in Hazard but, these picks are based on product that would/are on my lipstick wants list. Therefore, you may see one of these products in a  future blog post. Most of these lipsticks are within a higher price range however, i have included the cheaper product as a berry coloured alternative. If you would like me to do another post on cheaper berry lip products please leave your comments below.

Also, if anyone has featured any of these picks on there website/ reviewed any of these products or have any other berry lipstick favourites please do leave ALL your links below as well. I would love to read them!

What berry/oxblood products are you loving this autumn/winter? 



Want of the Week || Pearl Crop Top

Does anyone else think this cropped t-shirt is amazing! I think this top would look so lovely with a black pencil skirt and bright heels for a night time look or high waisted disco pants with an oversized coat in the day. I love how this top has black and white pearls, slightly pricey but I feel that this crop top looks a lot more expensive then £45.  Definitely a special girly treat for christmas!



Week in photos #20

October favourites, catching up on my favourite youtubers beautycrush*, be-lated birthday pressies, lovely meatball dinner, banana from the hotel, red lippy, new booties, december edition of company mag, best mango smoothie ever!

It's been a pretty quiet week this week. I have been extremely motivated to get my uni work done as I have gradual gotten ill as the week has gone on. So instead of lying in bed feeling sorry for myself I decided I would get that done and that's all i've done this week. I can't believe it's only a few weeks till christmas and I haven't brought any presents eeeek* If anyone has any good present ideas please leave them below because I haven't got a clue what to buy any of the family, I know it's bad!



Beauty and the Brain Event

This weekend SocialMediaPa have a great panel of  Beauty And Fashion YouTube Guru's who have over 40 Million views collectively. They will partake in a panel discussion and Q&A, discussing the business of YouTube, sharing their story on how they grew and expanded their channels.  Panelists include: 

Fashion Rocks My Socks  -http://www.youtube.com/fashionrocksmysocks 
Wandes World      - http://www.youtube.com/user/wandesworld 

Following the panel discussion they'll be a relaxed networking session with Nail art manicures by Nails by Mets,  Makeovers by The Glam Collective, Cupcakes by Bespoke Bites, Drinks by Ting and Photo Booth Fun with Ida Pod

It's an amazing opportunity for new Bloggers and Youtubers to understand the fashion and beauty industry a little bit more.

Tickets are available here: www.beautyandthebrain.eventbrite.co.uk


Want of the Week || Studded Jumper

This weeks want of the week is this fluffy black studded jumper, I do adore this jumper as it seems so easy to wear. As it's black it will go with pretty much everything and anything, so you can chuck it on over a shirt, on is own or with a pair of jeans and riding boots for an everyday laid back look. I know I'm a fond lover of the black but it's just so easy to put with everything. I feel like this jumper would go particularly nicely in my wardrobe specially for those lazy days/uni days. Definitely a winter wardrobe essential!



Late October favourites

This is a big favourites this month! This month's favourites has been a collection of stuff that I've been loving over the past two months. Most of these products are make-up products as I have been testing out new products for up-dated winter make-up routine.

Mac face and body foundation in C6. A very light coverage but easily build-able that glides smoothly onto the skin. I found this product perfect foundation for just after the summer as I only needed a light coverage and I have quite sensitive skin. Still a really nice product throughout the winter months however I'll need to be re-matched again as this foundation is in my summer shade. Also, I prefer a heavier foundation throughout the winter. Mac lipstick in Snob, I adore the bright pink colour and I love the fact that it is a satin finish so it's not drying on the lips.

I had a bit of a spurge at ELF last month, as I really wanted to try out some new products for my winter make-up collection and I proud to say that quite a few products that I brought i've been using everyday, so it was definitely money well spent. The products I have been using a lot this month have been the wet gloss lash and brow clear mascara, eyebrow kit in dark and the elf daily cleansing spray. These products are so quick and easy to use, definitely a great buy at the price!

I previously wasn't a fan of these wipes; I really took a shine to the Johnson's cleansing wipes. I felt that the Nivea wipes were really irritating on the eyes in comparison however, I picked up these gentle wipes for dry to sensitive skin and I found these were perfect at removing everyday make-up and waterproof mascara. 

This has been my everyday life saver; perfect for everyday use and I feel it really helps to create a voluminous look to your hair also removes any greasiness. Perfect to use between washes and is suitable for all hair types.





Want of the Week || Chelsea Boots

I've wanted a pair of Chelsea boots for a long time but, I always feel like buying a pair of boots is an investment piece. Then I always decided that I'd rather buy 3 different items of clothing rather than one investment piece! As in the UK the temperature has severally plummeted, I have decided now might be the right time to invest in some booties (as converses in the winter are no good for my poor little toes). There have been a few pairs of boots that have taken my fancy including these Topshop pull on Chelsea boots and these lovely studded Chelsea boots. But I particular took a liking to these Miss Guided Chelsea boots as they are such reasonably priced at £35, perfect for every day wear and they are waterproof! I feel like these boots will go really well with dresses, but also leggings and skinny jeans for a casual day time look.



Style Crush: Solange Knowles

This months celebrity style crush is Solange Knowles. Solange Knowles, sister of Beyonce, has amazing talent at pulling of eccentric prints and bold colour blocking. Her unique taste in style seems effortless and is mastered by her choices of  accessories, that brings the whole outfit together. Solange's style has shone above her sisters and grown in the past few years after her choice of chopping her hair and going 'natural' in 2009. A definite style icon for 2012 but also and inspiration singer.



Week in photos #19

Dip dyed hair, birthday cocktails, birthday meal, pre-drinks, 21st cards, birthday cupcakes, russian furry headband, frankenstein fancies yum, halloween night- zombie nurse and megan fox ;). 

So I've decided to be really good this month on the blogging front! As deadline is finished and I do not have another for 6 weeks, I decided to plan the all the blog posts that I want to do for the month. I came to the conclusion as well, that I will continue to do my week in photos posts but every other week, so I have enough interesting content to share with you guys. It was 21st birthday last week and I had such an amazing time but I feel like I haven't stopped ever since! I do plan to write a birthday haul posts but taking photos on my camera have been a bit hit a miss at the moment (with this winter lighting) but I am determined to maintain/ get back into the whole blogging routine guys!

 I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!


Want of the Week || Halloween Special

Some people love it, some people hate it... and I LOVE IT! Here just a few 'halloween' inspired products that I have had my eye on for a few weeks. Specially those Jeffrey Campbell Litas, I mean who wouldn't want a pair of these? The things I've chosen are pieces you could wear at any time in the year but are particularly 'on trend' in the halloween period of the year. I just wanted to point out as well if anyone is feeling particularly generous to buy me a pair of JC for my birthday I would be extremely grateful haha :) 


Week in photos 18#

OOTN, night out, new camera, miss guided delivery, re-decorating my room, bargain earrings, elf, mee, aussie shampoo and conditioner duo, new birthday shoes, ready to go, spa weekend.

I haven't done a week in photos for a LONG while, usually I would have done them every single week but for the past 4-6 weeks I feel like i haven't stopped, let alone had time to take pictures of what i've been doing all week. This week on the other hand has been 'the calm before the storm' as I have had most of the week off but next week friday is my deadline day for uni and it's my 21st birthday yay so there should be lots of fun posts coming up in the next few weeks including my birthday haul, maybe a outfit of the night depending on the lighting or maybe a birthday outfit of the day again depending on the lighting but I definitely have a few blog post planned it just getting round to actually posting them. 

Check out my TWITTER page for regular updates on what i've been up too.


Style crush: Rihanna

One of the most controversial artists out at the moment, her outrageous activities and influential style has made her my style crush of October. Such a big fan of hers and I absolutely love her tattoos!


Want of the Week || Suede Wedges

*Image taken from topshop.com

First of all, I just wanted to say a BIG SORRY for being such a bad blogger over the 3/4 weeks. I don't really want to make any excuse but my camera has been lost for two weeks then when I found it, it just didn't want to work for me. So I'm really sorry for that but hopefully I can get it sorted soon because I want to do lots more outfit posts (even though the weather hasn't been very nice) and also a few make-up bits and bobs. I will be back to regular blogging maybe not as much as in the summer hopefully and I have a few timed post for when I have my busy days at uni. I might do an update post about me if anyone is interested...
P.S I adore these wedges, not a winter trend per say but I think they would look gorgeous with a plain black dress. 

Don't forget to follow me on TWITTER as I usually update what is going on, on there and also my TUMBLR page because I regularly update that as well. 

Also do send me links below to your twitter/ tumblr/ blogger pages I would love to check them all out!


Liebster Blog Award

I was given this lovely blog award by Lottie over at blogginglottie

So, idea of the liebster blog award is to help bring recognition to new bloggers who have under 200 followers (that's me) and help them to get their blog out into the blogging world.
Along with the award, I have to include in this post 11 facts about myself and answer 11 questions so it's going to be a long post !

So 11 facts about me; 
1. I'm a fashion management student
2. My favourite colour is pink yet I never wear anything that colour.
3. I like to write lists about everything
4.I started blogging in the summer last year
5. I have a small circle of friends that I love to bits !
6. I hate anything that flies.
7. I'm about to me a godmother :)
8. I wear hair extensions
9. For about 3 years I had a slight obsession with Rihanna, i wanted to be her :)
10. I have size 6/7 feet
11. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters 

Now for the questions...

1. Do you have any bad habits ? I'm a really bad procrastinator 
2. Why did you start blogging ? The reason I started blogging at first was because I was told it would be beneficial for my university work then I just fell in love with it.
3. If you could only have 1 meal for the rest of your life what would it be ? PASTA !
4. Do you have a word of phrase you say a lot? I always say enit lol
5. What is your favourite item of clothing? Thats a tough one... I would say at the moment my cut-out sleeved sheer shirt.
6. What jewellery do you wear on a daily basis ? Rings usually.
7. What is your dream job? Owning my own boutique
8. What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate I think...
9. Is there a make up product you couldn't live without? At the moment it would be MAC studio fix+, it's my baby !
10. Do you have any pets? No but I want a puppy :(
11. If you could have any celebrities wardrobe who would it be? Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen's wardrobe please!

So I am nominating everyone who has under 200 followers to take part in this award. If you have taken part in this  award I would love for you all to leave your links below !  


Want of the Week || Embellished Shorts

Black embellished hem shorts  £48.00
*Image taken from Riverisland.com

I am love with these embellished shorts, it reminds me a bit of a mixture between the two autumn winter trends baroque prints and gothic. But that's just my personal opinion anyway lool. These shorts would look with both a day time and night time look. I do think that these shorts are a bit overpriced but then again it is hand crafted. I know this is off topic but, I just wanted to say a big thank you as well to all my followers!  I have over 50 follower now which is amazing for me, I'm still shock that people want to take the time out and read my blog which is amazing! So there will definitely be a giveaway coming up in a few months for all my lovely followers :)


Fashion Week SS13 Front Row

Anybody else wishing they were there apart from me ? 


Want of the Week || Perfect Peplum

*Image taken from nastygal.com

So a very late want of the week this week again, and extreme lack it blogging. Apologies for that, like I said last week in my blog post I'm still trying to get everything sorted out for when I go back to uni, so there might me a lack in posts this month, sorry for that. Anyway, I absolutely adore peplum dresses ! They are been around throughout the summer and they are suppose to be a key piece in this years Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I've always been tempted to get into the peplum trend, however i've always felt nervous that because I'm quite tall the peplum wouldn't sit right on my hips. I saw this dress on nastygal.com and I thought this peplum dress would be perfect for me as the peplum is very subtle. If you weren't confident enough to buy a full peplum I think this dress would be perfect.

Also, next week I have some very exciting news for you guys !!


Week in photos 17#

A bit of selfridges shopping, best donna kebab every, magazine tuesdays, fruit loops breakfast, signature sunny day outfit, new models own nail polish, meee, company magazine love, new purchases from topshop and zara, mum's macaroni cheese, me again, wholemeal french toast breakfast yumm.

As you can see more photos this week which means a busier week for me than usual. Monday, I decided to pick up all the stuff I needed for uni, tuesday was a lazy magazine day, then thursday night I went out for one of my best friends birthday and the rest is pretty much me and food haha. I'm trying to keep on top of blogging as it is the last few weeks before I start back at uni so wish me luck, I only have a few days at work and have some blog posts in mind so bare with me guys. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend !


Want of the Week || Kaleidoscope crop top

*Image taken from meemee.com

I saw this crop top in this weeks More magazine and I fell in love, I love the kaleidoscope design and I think crop tops can go with pretty much everything. It's not really an 'Autumn/Winter' piece per say but I reckon it will look lovely with a pencil skirt for a night time look. I also found out about the website meemee.com which the crop top is featured on. They have really lovely clothing on their site, reminded me a bit of missguided but their prices are a bit more expensive. Sorry that this post is late, but I'm still trying to get back into the routine from reading (yea I know) and find spare time in between work, but better late then never I suppose.

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August Favourites

 I'm usually late in posting my favourites but better late than never, here's my August favourites;
PanOxyl 2.5. I actually found out about this amazing product in Anna Saccone's Hygiene routine available here.This product is an acne treatment cream. I don't suffer from acne but I found that the cream works really well in reducing redness and slowly get rid of spots. I've been using this cream every night, a small amount on each spot and it has worked a treat!

Johnsons facial cleansing wipes. These were an impulse buy (because they were on offer in boots 3 for 2) and I'm glad I picked these up because they are really good at removing make-up and waterproof mascara but also cleansing the skin, also they don't irritate my eyes like Nivea facial wipes. And they are suitable for sensitive skin as well so a bonus for me.

Flora by Gucci. My go-to perfume for the summer smells so lovely and sweet. Enough said.

Katy Perry Cool Kitty Lashes. I am yet to try any of the other katy perry lashes but I really like this pair for a toned down night out look, I haven't had a chance to wear them out yet but I've tried them out with a few make-up looks and I feel they add just enough of a dramatic look to your lashes without looking over the top. (hopefully get an opportunity to do a review on these soon)

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. I'm not usually an eye shadow person but this palette has all the perfect shades for a natural look, day or night.

And another thing I missed out of my august favourites but I'm absolutely in love with is Mac fix+, if any of you guys have used this product you'll understand why… amazing at keeping your make-up intact throughout the day, this baby has been my savour through the summer days.


What are your august favourites? Please leave yours links below :)



Want of the Week || Aztec Backpack

When I was younger I always felt like rucksacks were so un-cool, when my mum would tell me to take a backpack to school because it's 'practical' I never really understood. But as i've got older the whole having a backpack has become a fashion piece and statement with the room for all the million and one things women have to carry in their bags. I  absolutely adore these cotton style backbacks/rucksacks especially for when I go back to university or it can even be used for college/school or everyday and I love the aztec print !

Have you seen any funky/fashionable backpacks, if so leave all your links below :)