Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Bedroom Decor and Storage Ideas

I love moving, moving means I can redecorate and have a clear out. This is not to say that I still don't have a lot of useless things in my room, just less of it. Baby steps, right?
Having just gone into my second year at university this means a proper house, I now have much more space compared to the first year halls and everything looks a bit more homey. I thought I would share some of my ideas for storage and how I decorated.

 I wanted to have simple bedding but with a pop of colour, so I opted for complete white bedding and added some colour and pattern with the pillows and blanket. I recommend Debenhams for cushions and throws they have an excellent selection with good prices. My favourite cushions and throws are from Anthropologie, a bit more pricey but if you're prepared to splurge then this is where to do it!

If you're at university then you're going to want lots of pictures of friends and family from back home, as well as new pictures from university. Photo walls are my favourite way to show them, and one of the cheapest. All you need is a printer, print paper and blue/white tac. I went on Pinterest for some inspiration which you can see here. The great thing about these is you can add to the photo wall throughout the year. A tip to make sure the photos are straight, use the 'Levels' app on your iPhone for the first photo then you can use that as a guide for the rest.

   Mason jars are great for storage, they are super cheap. I got a set of three from Homebase for £9.99. I use these to store makeup brushes and pens, but you can also put candles, cotton buds, etc.

I also use these little white pots from Ikea to hold cotton pads and buds just to make everything look at bit nicer. The white ties in with my bedding and I love the cut outs on the pot. 

    I love these mini bowls to hold rings and earrings and it's easy to keep track of them. The days of only finding one earring in a pair are gone! You can find these anywhere, I have found some nice ones in Anthropologie but I got these from some independent shops in St Ives. 

I was trying to find somewhere to store my winter scarfs that didn't take up lots of clothes space. I was lucky and found these white crates on sale in Sainsbury's. I use these to store all my mess and random bits and it makes everything look a bit more organised. 

I hope you find these ideas useful and would love to hear your storage and decoration ideas!
xoxo
  



Monday, 6 October 2014

The Flannel Shirt

I have been seeing these all over Pinterest, fashion blogs and in the street. When it comes to clothes, simple and comfy is how I like it and a flannel shirt is basically the epitome of that. These are so versatile you can wear them with pretty much anything and with the colder months coming up they are a perfect layering piece to keep you warm, and resemble the feel of wearing pyjamas- which I am always a fan of.

Topshop // £30
 This oversized number is my favourite. I tend to like the oversized shirts more because you can wear them with leggings and boots. I also love how the model is wearing it with the ripped jeans, a simple and casual outfit.

 Pepe Jeans, ASOS // £60
This ones a little more on the pricey side but if you are willing to splurge a bit more, this one is a great choice. I love the light grey colour as it gives a more toned down look as opposed to the usual bright red colours. Perfect flannel to pair with a simple white shirt and jeans.
 Glamorous, ASOS // £28
This one stood out to me because of the texture, you can't see it in this picture but on the website you will see it has a brushed finish on the fabric to add a little something extra to the regular cotton feel.
 Abercrombie & Fitch // £58
Similar to the Pepe Jeans flannel but a little more oversized, again I like the toned down light grey colours. I would also pair this with leggings and boots for a comfy, casual fall look.
Urban Outfitters // £30
If you're looking for a bit more colour, this is the one. The green and blue tones add a pop of colour to your outfit and would give the perfect 'grunge' look layered with a leather jacket and a classic white tee.














xoxo

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

10 Beauty Tips and Tricks



1. Warm your eyelash curlers
Curling my eyelashes is always a very tedious job, I spend ages getting them to achieve the perfect curl. To make speed up the job, I warm my eyelash curlers with a hairdryer for a few seconds and it makes curling 10x faster.

2. For soft, plump lips
Before any lip product, use an electric or normal toothbrush and massage your lips for around a minute. This will exfoliate and plump them before applying your lipstick or gloss.

3. To brighten and open up the eyes
Apply a shimmery white eyeshadow (I especially love Virgin by Urban Decay) in the inner corners of the eye and the brow bone to make the eyes appear bigger and brighter.

4. When your nail polish gets gloopy
Add a few drops of nail polish remover to the nail polish bottle, then shake it up.

5. When your mascara gets gloopy
Add a few eye drops and swirl the brush around to mix it together.

6. For red, tired eyes
Apply a nude or white eyeliner on your waterline to get rid of any redness and open up the eyes.

7. To stop smudging eyeliner
Sweep concealer then a bit of powder right under the eyeliner on your bottom lash line, this will act sort of like a barrier and stop smudging happening.

8. Make your eyeshadow more vibrant
Smudge out a white eyeliner all over the lids before applying eyeshadow to make the colour stand out, this will also act as a primer.

9. To make lipstick last longer
After applying your lipstick, put a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue. This will also give a matt finish to your lips.

10. Make your lips appear bigger
Apply white eyeliner on the outside of the lips (focusing on the cupids bow), blend it out then apply a gloss.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My Top 5 Blogs


Vivianna Does Makeup // From classic and stylish fashion picks to high end and drugstore beauty picks, this blog covers it all. If I ever have doubt about a product, before buying it I will normally head over to here and search for a review.

Chocolate Covered Katie // You would not believe this is a healthy recipe blog with recipe titles of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie and Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes you would think there is no way that could be remotely healthy, but Katie makes it guilt free and it tastes like the real thing (and in my opinion, sometimes even better).

Nouvelle Daily // My favourite posts from this blog have to be the haircare roundups, which include some of the best texturising products on the market. A downside? The amount I have spent in Space NK after reading these posts *shudders*. Plus for bloggers looking to grow and expand your blog like me, there are some great blog tip posts I have found massively helpful!

Blogilates // My favourite fitness blog, she covers recipes, workout calendars and pilates videos for each part of the body your want to tone up. Plus her workout videos are so motivating I can actually get through a few (not pain free of course).

Zoella // Amazing blog look, gorgeous photography and serious blog envy for this one. This is one of the first blogs I started reading and was definitely one of the reasons I started blogging.



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The NARS Base

The hype around the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and Creamy Concealer, plus a trip to Space NK equalled a couple of well loved purchases and a hefty dent in the bank. Also resulting in a new favourite base.

Medium coverage, dewy finish and natural looking on the skin. Probably one of my favourite foundations I have used in a long time. Having said that, if you have dry skin you will need a very heavy moisturiser before applying this because it tends to cling to dry patches on your face, but if you have normal or oily skin I would recommend this 100%.

The concealer covers everything from dark under eye circles to blemishes. The best part is the formula, it is by far the creamiest concealer I have ever tried and as long as you set it with some powder it won't crease under the eyes. The thing I dislike most about concealers is when they are too drying and look flaky or cakey on the skin, but this NARS concealer will never disappoint.

This is the perfect pair for a base and leaves your skin looking dewy and natural, for me this definitely lives up to the hype.

 xoxo

Friday, 8 August 2014

5 Healthy Ingredients to Keep in Your Kitchen



Bulgur Wheat, Quinoa or Couscous
I use these ingredients to substitute rice or pasta in salads to add more protein into my diet. I will add lemon and some vegetables which makes a perfect healthy and filling lunch!


 Agave Nectar
This stuff is so good! I use it to sweeten pretty much everything from yogurt to tea. Agave nectar also has some great health benefits including immune system-boosting properties and is a low-glycemic sweetener, meaning it has a lower impact on blood sugar than honey and sugar does.  
Lemon
I use lemon to replace salad dressing and add flavour to my meals. When I have a cold or the flu I mix lemon and agave nectar in hot water which makes a great drink to soothe your throat and it makes you feel a million times better after drinking it! Lemons are high in vitamin C to boost your immune system and is also a digestive aid to help with weight loss.

Coconut Oil
I use this in cooking and baking to replace oil which is not only healthier for you but also adds a sweet taste to your baking. Coconut oil is found to improve bone health, aid digestion and is also great for your skin and hair.






Dark Chocolate
When I get a sweet tooth (which is more often than not) dark chocolate is what I turn to. I melt the chocolate and drizzle it over fruit or just simply snack on some dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate is much better for you than milk or white so try and get chocolate with 70% Coco or more. However it is still high in sugar and fat so eating in moderation is best! Dark chocolate also has great health benefits with studies showing that a square of dark chocolate everyday reduced risks of heart attacks.

I would love to hear some of the healthy ingredients you keep in your kitchen!
xoxo

Monday, 21 July 2014

July Favourites

 I felt like some monthly favourite posts were definitely in need on this blog and July was a pretty good month to start. After being in America for a month and having a birthday in July, there were some new products to be tested out throughout the summer and these were the finalists that I have been using constantly throughout the month of July.

For my birthday I received a Space NK gift card, so as you can probably imagine my excitement, I straight away made quite a hefty order of everything I have wanted but couldn't quite bring myself to spend the money on. I have heard a lot of amazing things about this blush so of course I wanted to give it a little go as well, and I was so glad I did. Lets start with the packaging and the look of the blush. The luxurious gold mirrored case and the stunning marbled blush that lies inside of it already sold it to me before even reading the reviews. Well the picture speaks for it's self. Once you apply this onto the skin it gives a lovely fresh peachy glow to the cheeks. This product has great colour payoff and is the perfect amount of pigmented for a blush. 


MAC Eyeshadow, Naked Lunch
In the summer I will usually opt for a shimmery champagne colour all over the lid. It's simple and takes no time at all, plus with a tan it looks even better.


Nars Bronzing Powder, Laguna
In the summer time my face always ends up being lighter than the rest of my body, as a result bronzer is one of my favourite products in the summer to add a little more colour to my face. After reading many blog posts and watching many YouTube videos of favourite bronzers, I found this one to be the most loved out of the lot. Alas, I added this one to the Space NK order and definitely have not regretted it. It has a slight shimmer but nothing that is too recognisable on the face if you're a fan of the matt bronzers. The colour just right by not being too orange or muddy, the perfect brown bronzer that enhances or creates a summer glow. 


This is my favourite concealer I have tired so far, it is super creamy and blends to perfection. I use this for both under my eyes and on any blemishes, it does the job and never creases so a massive thumbs up from me.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
This has come in so useful since I purchased this. I like to use very large brushes for my top lashes for extra volume, however on the bottom lashes it is a pain to apply as I always find it smudges underneath my eyes and I can never get to the outer corner lashes without making a massive mess of it. This mascara has a tiny brush that gets to the outer corner bottom lashes without smudging when you're applying.


This adds such a lovely finish to your makeup without adding any colour. It is simply a setting powder to eliminate any shine and make your makeup last all day and works amazingly.


This is literally volume in a can. If you are like me and have very lifeless hair this is perfect for you. I just spray it in my roots and a little into the ends, it adds the right amount of texture without it being sticky in your hair (and smells great too).

I was on the look out for a new dry shampoo, but with volume. This is just what I was looking for, it smells good, adds volume and gives your hair that freshly washed look. Ticks all the boxes.
    

xoxo