Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July 2015 Favourites



 Bloomin 'eck its nearly August. And before you know it September has come and then Christmas and then... arrgh time shoots by. Anyway, what lovely things have been making my eyeballs pop and my senses tingle this month?!

Well...


I found this going cheap at Tesco so I thought I'd give it a try and it works wonders! It's a really thick, nourishing formula that only needs a minute on the hair. For a deeper condition I leave it on for around 5 minutes. It doesn't weigh the hair down and just leaves it silky smooth and not dry. It smells amazing too, like a nutty smell. It has avocado oil and shea butter in so I think it's the shea butter I can smell. It REALLY reminds me of something I've used before but I can't quite place my finger on it! So annoying...



I absolutely adore my Atlas Mountain Rose body mist so thought I'd try this scent. It is very vanillary and in a way reminds me of custard! Haha, not in a bad way might I add... It's not too heavy and just adds a subtle sweet smell which is pleasant. 


 
I already am a MAHOOOSIVE fan of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula range. The original butter formula actually makes me go 'mmmm...' when I apply it. This is no exception. It smells like After Eights and adds a nice glossy sheen to the lips. There is no sticky feeling which I usually hate with lip glosses. This also moisturises the lips really well so if I'm looking for an extra shine I'll use this instead of a lip balm. It also goes well on top of a little lipstick.

A little slow at first, but everything is kicking off and flying about on Channel 4's show, Humans. With the likes of William Hurt and Colin Morgan (notably known for his performance in BBC's Merlin) this show explores the moral implications of using AI which has the capability of having a conscience. I'm loving it and getting excited for the final!

What are your July Favourites? :)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Graduation





On the 17th July I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Law.


With an 8:15am start I wasn't feeling too thrilled, excited or even nervous at this point. I was tired and felt like I couldn't be bothered with the day ahead. My parents didn't come so I knew that I was probably going to be bored or even alone most of the time... But I got up at the crack of dawn, dragged my make-up brushes on my face, threw on my dress and attempted to look nice. I did a minimal make-up look, with a hint of pink shimmer on my eye lids and a dusting of dark brown in my crease for a little definition.

My dress was from boohoo and I absolutely LOVE IT! It was £20 which is a bargain and I loved the style and pattern of the dress (buy HERE). It had an open bit on the back, but not too open so I could still wear a bra (result!) and it was a bodycon midi dress. It was quite formal but I'm so glad I wore this dress. I didn't actually manage to get any photos of me in it without the graduation gown on but hopefully you can see how pretty it is. 

 
The walk to the venue was half an hour (I wish I never bothered with my hair now...) and when I got there I felt flustered and like I wanted to head straight back home again. I picked up my gown and motor-board, got dressed and went on a mission to find my two best friends who did law with me. When I found these guys and met their parents I actually had a lot of fun! Many MANY photos were taken throughout the day and overall it was a lovely experience to celebrate years of fun and studying with my friends. The ceremony wasn't too long. I did get a little nervous when I had to go up on stage and shake the vice-chancellor's hand and get my certificate, but you're only on the stage for a matter of seconds so it wasn't that bad.


My boyfriend graduated on the same day, just a few hours later, so when he got out I spent the rest of the day with him and his family gallivanting off around the university campus taking lots of photos haha. It turned out to be a sunny summers day which was perfect. 

 
This did turn out to be an expensive day. With the gown hire coming to a £45 charge to wear it for a few hours and photos were hideously expensive. Even guest tickets were £20 each which in my opinion was a bit steep. But this is the only time in my life I will get to graduate and on a whole I am glad I did attend the day.


Although this was an emotional day knowing that I'd finished my degree and I was moving on, this was also a day of happiness and celebration of success. There were moments when I felt extremely proud and happy to have attended such an amazing and beautiful university and also moments when I felt down at the realisation that my studies were over and I would not be returning to lectures in September. I have enjoyed every second of my University experience and I would gladly do it all over again!

Did any of you graduate this summer? Any of you going to University this September/October?

Monday, 20 July 2015

OOTD: 'Blush Blazer'


  
When I saw this casual blazer on boohoo (at a discounted price of course... :P) I instantly fell in love and had to get it. I was a bit undecided about what size to get but ended up getting it in a size 8 and it fits perfect. It's an open front, shawl collared casual blazer with ¾ sleeves. I got it in the colour 'blush' which is a light coral pink. It comes in a few other colours too. The only thing with this jacket is that it's not very warm. So, it's a light summer jacket rather than something to keep the goose pimples at bay! This colour is a very summery colour anyway so it's great for this time of the year.

In this OOTD I have worn a strappy white vest top tucked into some light denim jeans. It's quite simple but I think the blazer is enough to add a bit of sophistication. To match the paleness of the blazer white, cream or pastel simple tops will look lovely with this blazer. I didn't manage to get any full length pictures but I wore some nude colour ballet pumps (which were also from amazing boohoo) but I think any light coloured shoes will match. I think for a more sophisticated and chic look I wore it with a slightly messy bun. I've also worn the outfit with my hair down too :)


Please ignore the trainer which I stupidly didn't move...


 
Here's where I got everything from...


White strappy vest top – Primark – these are always available in store for around £2-£3

Light denim jeans – T.K.MAXX – Brand: Toxik3

Saturday, 18 July 2015

OGX Renewing Argan Oil Review


 

I love hair oils. I like to use them to smooth my hair, recondition, deep condition over night... Ahh the list goes on! My friend (Alex: thanks if you're reading this!) gave me this product after deciding that it was not for her and did not suit her hair type. Her hair is rather curly whereas mine is pretty straight but I do suffer from frizz. Also, I have bleached my hair a fair few times now and so it is suffering from a bit of damage (although my hair is very resilient and in pretty good condition considering that I've bleached it!) but Alex hasn't dyed her hair. Because we have different hair types I thought it would be useful to write a review and include both our opinions on the product.
Hurrah for a two sided review! :P

Alex's view...
The reason why Alex gave me this product in the first place is because she said it didn't work for her. She said she followed the instructions as directed on the back of the bottle, but the product just made her hair fluffy and didn't seem to get rid of any frizz. She claimed her hair did feel softer, but it didn't actually make it 'silky smooth'. So, I tried it out for a few weeks.

My View...
When I first used this product I did find that my hair was still fluffy/frizzy. But I've found as I've continued to use it I've learnt how it works best in my hair. I find that if I use this oil in conjunction with a good defrizzing or smoothing shampoo and conditioner combo (the shampoo and conditioner I'm using at the minute which is really good is the Tresemme Smooth Salon Silk range) then it does work really well in my hair. It makes it feel silky smooth, enhances shine, and because of the smoothing shampoo there is very little frizz. This is EXACTLY what I want from a hair oil! But like I say, it does only seem to work when I've used a reliable haircare range.

Overall, don't think I'll be getting another one. The bottle will last a long time so if it does work for you then it is good value for money. But I think there are better hair oils on the market. For example, the ones I've talked about on this blog are good. Including the Body Shop Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil and the Salon Chic Argan Oil




Have any of you used this OGX oil? What were you thoughts? Any hair oils to recommend?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award


Picture taken from Versatile Blogger Award

So, I've been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by two lovely bloggers!

This is a lovely tag for supporting upcoming bloggers and bringing the blogging community together which is amazing :)

I was nominated twice. My first nomination was by Sonam from Fashtastic Flare and the second by Ruth from Ruthy.B.

The rules for this Award are...

  • Thank the person who gave you this award - Thanks for the nomination guys!
  • Select 15 blogs that you've recently discovered or follow regularly. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Because I don't have 15 new and upcoming blogs I read, instead of listing all the big famous ones and people that had already done the tag, I thought I'd list all the upcoming or newly discovered blogs.

The blogs I nominate are...
  • Nashia Anthony from Makeup & Beauty Mayhem – Nashia does great beauty reviews and posts very regularly so there's always something to read. 

  • Emma from The Flawed Blonde – Emma is one of my best friends and recently started up a blog writing about events in her life. She's a new blogger with some great posts already.
  • Phoebe from Phoebe Slee – I recently stumbled upon Phoebe's Youtube channel which lead me to her blog. She does great make-up tutorials. 

  • Devon from Candid Devon – I love her blog! She hasn't posted in a little while but her photos are great and she writes so well. 
     
  • Laura from Life and Lipstick – This is a great blog for beauty reviews and lifestyle posts.
 

  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  • Over the course of my life I've had 25 pets. Feel free to ask me what they were in the comments! This doesn't include all the numerous fish I've had either!
  • When I was younger I went to 3 Primary Schools. 
  • I live in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere in East Yorkshire. You can walk round the whole village in little over 5 minutes. 
  • I LOVE cheese. Like all kinds of cheese. I actually get excited by cheese. Strange I know...
  • My favourite takeaway is pepperoni pizza. 
  • I have just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Law. 
  • When I was younger I desperately wanted to study marine biology. 

I'd love to hear some facts about you so make sure to comment! 

Thanks again for the nominations! 

Friday, 10 July 2015

June 2015 favourites

 

This stuff is brilliant for people, like me, who can't be bothered to moisturise but know they probably should. I just spray a thin layer of this all over my body then give it a quick rub and it all sinks in extremely quickly. As stated on the bottle, you can put your clothes on straight after and not be annoyed by a sticky feeling. You can't really feel any product on once it has sunk in which is great if you moisturise in the morning. I don't mind the smell of this cocoa one, but it's not an amazing. I would like to try out some of the other scents and see if I prefer those better. 

 

 



 Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow - Permanent Taupe

This is a brilliant eyeshadow to be used just on its own, as a base for the eyelid or underneath other eyeshadows of similar shade to increase the staying power. They glide over the eyelid easily and a little goes a long way. They last all day and the colour pay off is great! I want to try out the eternal pink shade next :)

 


 

 Makeup Revolution Blush Palette - Golden Sugar

I have done a review of this among other Makeup Revolution products which you can view HERE. And even though I have been using this on and off since I bought it I have fallen particularly in love with it within the last month. I use the lightest shade as a highlight on my cheekbones and my brow bones. It gives such a subtle but glamorous shimmer. I use the matte bronze shade as a contour in the hollow of my cheeks. It's a shade that is easily blended and not too dark which is great for people with super fair skin like me. All the other shades can be used as blush but also on the eyelids as an eyeshadow. I find this palette is so versatile and would make a perfect addition to anyone's collection!

 

Youtuber and Blogger – Hannah Maggs and The Michalaks


Last month I discovered Hannah Maggs' blog and Youtube channel and I instantly fell in love with the Michalak family. Especially little Grayson! The quality and amount of effort that goes in to each vlog is particularly evident and each vlog just looks beautiful! Once I stumbled upon their channel I was hooked and binge watched basically their entire channel in a couple of days. If you don't already subscribe to them I suggest you do as it's like watching a mini film every Sunday, they are just that good! I look forward to keeping up with The Michalaks each Sunday :)


Any recommendations of products, books, films, bloggers or anything you have been loving this month?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Perfect Nude


 No. This post isn't about how to make your bum look good…

This post is about something much better. The perfect nude lipstick. What more could a make-up enthusiast ask for! I've found the perfect nude very hard to come by. They are either too brown, too pink or just plain wrong. I don't want a nude lipstick that gives a foundation looking sheen all over my lips... if I wanted to go for that look, I'd reach for my concealer stick. I'm looking for something a little more fine tuned. A salmony pink with a hint of brown, but not too dark. It also has to be a moisturising formula. A lipstick that dries your lips out is never a winner.

And I think I've found it. It's this Rimmel Kate Lipstick in the shade 08. This is just the perfect shade for me, and it goes with almost all make-up looks. It's such a versatile shade. Along side that, the formula for the Rimmel Kate Lipsticks are gorgeous. They're so moisturising and just glide straight on the lips. So there's easy application without outlining cracked lips. This is a very wearable lipstick even for people that suffer with dry, cracked lips like myself. They actually smell good too which I like in a lipstick if I'm smearing it all over my lips. Add the cheap price and this lipstick is a firm favourite. I'm definitely going to invest in more shades from this range. I feel a little late to this Rimmel Kate Lipstick bandwagon... but better late than never I suppose!




There is a close runner up. And that's the e.l.f moisturising lipstick in the shade runaway pink (worn below). 


 This is a marginally cheaper option. Although I love the shade, I find the lipstick formula has a funny kind of crayon smell which is pretty unpleasant. Apart from that it is a brilliant lipstick but I think the Rimmel Kate 08 wins overall. The e.l.f lipstick might prove hard to get in the UK as e.l.f are rebooting their website in summer 2015 but I'm not sure if the same selection of shades will be available.

So there you go! The perfect nude. I feel like my make-up collection is complete now I've found it haha!

What nude lipstick discoveries have you made? Any other Rimmel Kate Lipstick shades you would recommend?