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  • Lifestyle: 5 Negatives I Feel Towards Blogging

    Sometimes I feel like it's okay to write a personal post, to be a bit more 'real' with you guys. Not that I'm not 'real' I just don't like sharing a lot of what goes on in my life. I like sharing with you all the happy things, the fashion items and beauty items i'm loving, the positives from lessons I've learnt and the experiences I have thanks to this blog.

    At the moment life isn't the easiest of things and so I thought I'd write a little post because it's okay to have those down moments and those down times especially when it comes to blogging.

    1. It's so easy to compare yourself - I technically started my blog when I was 15, I'm now 21. In the past 6 years so much has changed within the blogging world and there's thousands of new blogs popping up online everyday. With the likes of Zoella, Fleur De Force and Tanya Burr who all started blogging around the same time as me I find myself comparing what I've achieved to them. I don't have any books released or make-up lines and I still get excited that sometimes (not all the time) I'm able to earn a little bit of money from something I'd loved doing for so long.

    2. It feels like blogging is all about the numbers/followers - I've got myself down about Instagram for so long (you can follow me here if you'd like) as I don't have tens of thousands of followers like so many other bloggers out there. I love Instagram from the point of view it's a new way of interacting with your followers and taking a closer looks into there lives. I don't like how it's now all about the 'selfies' and wearing the latest fashion item and get hundreds of likes on a photo and how when it comes to working with brands, I've been turned down for things as I don't have the set amount of required followers on Instagram. Whatever happened to producing just good quality content?

    3. A lot of bloggers aren't true to themselves - A lot of bloggers I've met in person aren't the same as they appear to be online. Don't worry there's a lot of bloggers who are so down to earth and lovely and I can call genuine friends but there's been some surprises along the way. It's a shame that there's people out there only 'friends' with a blogger as they're more popular so instead of genuine friendship it's about personal gain.

    4. Taking outfit photos isn't always confidence boosting - I love sharing with you all the outfits i'm loving to wear, what I'm loving on the high-street at the moment but sometimes getting out my tripod and taking some photos makes me feel worse then better. I'm not the thinnest of girls out there but I'm not fat, I'm a size 10/12 and looking back on it, it seems crazy the amount of outfit posts i've discarded as I wasn't happy with them.

    5. Sometimes life just gets in the way - I sometimes get so hung up about constantly having a good amount of people viewing my blog, I feel bad if I don't upload and I'm writing this post right now at ten to midnight. Blogging inspiration comes in spurs and different times of the day and sometimes life just gets to much. Since beginning this blog I've completed my GCSE's, A-Levels, Started a degree in Birmingham, dropped out of university, travelled the world (a bit) and started a different degree at Huddersfield. There's been so many ups and downs but I'm so glad this blog has been there with me every step of the way.
    This may seem like a bit of a downer of a post but I wanted to point out that everything isn't rosy when it comes to running a blog.
    Let me know if there's things about blogging which get in the way for you, or how you feel the blogging industry has changed the past few years!
  • Things I’ve Learnt Living Alone

    I’ve lived on my own now for the past three almost four months and I always get so many questions about living on my own and if I like it or if I find it lonely. I thought today I’d share some of my thoughts I've had since I've got my own flat.

    To be completely honest - Im so happy living alone. I love being on my own anyway, Im one of those people who just prefers to get on with their own stuff than have to wait around for other people. Solo living was something that I knew would always sit well with me because it’s just my kinda vibe. I could lie and pretend that I miss seeing people everyday but I genuinely don’t. Being on my own makes me feel strong, independent and proud that I can afford this flat and all the things inside it all by myself. Im 25 years old and I can say I paid for every single thing inside my flat and I know some bloggers are ashamed of the fact their life is built on money from their blog but Im so proud of the life Im able to build from something I started as a hobby. I’ll never be ashamed of the fact that I earnt all the money for the things in my flat myself because sometimes it amazes me when I look at my beautiful flat and my lovely little car.

    I very rarely feel lonely (I don’t know if thats just me, but I don’t!), I have a bunch of awesome friends and family who I feel like I’ve made extra effort with since going solo. I still have a pretty active social life and go out a lot still. I feel like living alone has just made me more inclined to go out there and meet people. I’ve always classed myself as a “terrible friend” as I rarely keep in contact with the people that mean the most to me but I have been reaching out to old friends and getting back in touch with people. I do miss living with my friend Dal though. She moved out of our place a few months before I left so we’d not lived together for a while now. However we still hung out all the time, but now I live in Brighton I see her less so thats kinda weird.

    Im much messier than I thought I was, I think because I don’t have so much pressure to tidy up after myself as it’s only me and the Cat here. I don’t really enjoy cleaning that much so I tend to go by this rule “if it takes me less than 5 minutes I’ll do it now, if not I can leave it” It’s helped me keep my place relatively tidy but at the same time I do leave things longer that I should do. I’ve never been a particularly tidy person but I hate a messy kitchen and bathroom and I do think theres a huge line between mess and filth. Filth is a no-go but a little mess never hurt anyone. I try and wipe down my surfaces and load away all my washing every night before bed though but my flat is always messier than I'd like.

    Home stuff is expensive. Although I don’t like to talk about money too much, I initially put aside £2000 to furnish my flat but I broke that budget in the end, although not too much over which did surprise me. My flats not finished yet but it’s well on it’s way to being done. I got both my beds, my sofa, my tv, a desk and a bunch of other stuff within that budget. I had absolutely nothing when I moved in (not even kitchen stuff) so I literally started from scratch buying everything from pots and pans to cutlery to my vacuum cleaner. I still need a lot of decor and some shelving units, blinds plus a few rugs but I know thats all stuff that I’ll gather over time now. I have the essentials though!

    Me and Aerys seem to have grown closer since we moved. To be completely honest we’ve never been close, she’s always favoured my old housemate Ben. She loves boys for some reason, I found a photo of her and my ex recently when she was watching TV with us and had her paw stretched out holding him! Which she now seems to do with me which makes me melt. On the whole we're pretty okay these days. She doesn’t go outside any more which I think suits her a lot, I was worried she’d pine for the outside but she’s reverted back to her princess day. Spending a lot of her time grooming and sleeping in her bed or on rolling all over my washing. I think she only used to go out because we put her outside rather than her actually wanting to be there. I often wonder if she misses her pal Felix (our neighbours cat) but I think she’s moved on, he did used to bully her and chase her into the house all the time. I have considered getting her a brother but I don’t think I will just yet because Im not personally ready for another cat but I really want to rescue next time around. I have noticed I have to keep her entertained a lot more and give her a lot more attention. She has a scratching post and lots of toys to play with but to be honest she sleeps in her Tipi most of the time.

    Anyway there you go, a few thoughts on things I’ve learnt since living alone. I’ve just sort of sat here and typed it out as it came into my head so it kinda lacks structure but I wanted to just word vomit a little on some of my thoughts. I probably should have made this a video but oh well! Let me know if you have anything you want to share on the subject in comments!

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  • Beauty: Two Beauty Boxes You NEED To Get Your Hands On This December

    December is an exciting time in the world of beauty. If there's one thing I've loved this year and that's beauty boxes! (If you fancy reading my beauty box reviews you can check them out here) Two exciting press releases have been sent to my inbox this week and I couldn't wait to share these with you.
    First up it's Glossybox for their December box they've teamed up with beauty blogger Really Ree to create the 'Rose Gold Edit' and doesn't it look dreamy?! The December box includes gifts from Darphin, L'Occitan, Philosophy and Talika. The December box is all about giving your skin that extra boost to survive through the christmas period!
    You can pick up the December edit box through-out December (Worth over £50) for £10 and this would make a great stocking filler or just a beauty treat for yourself. You can sign up to Glossybox here.

    I get so excited every time a Beauty Box press release drops in my email inbox. I think they're so great for all you girls who end up splurging on make-up (like me) and love trying out new products all the time.

    For all Birchbox subscribers and (soon to be subscribers) December is an exciting month for you. If you've got a beauty loving friend why not treat them to a Birchbox subscription this christmas?

    Your friend (or yourself) will receive a Limited Edition December only clutch bag full of 5 deluxe beauty samples for their first months box. Plus you can even upgrade your Beauty Box subscription to receive a gorgeous trio which includes three gorgeous beauty samples. You can choose from two boxes Adventurous or Classic and here's a sneak peak to what's inside...

    If this excites you (like this excites me) you can sign up to Birchbox here.

    You can also subscribe to Glossybox here.

    Which beauty box do you want to get your hands on this December? I'm lusting after both!

  • Whats in My Bag

    This week I've got three videos coming at you on Tuesday (well yesterday!), Thursday and Sunday and I though I'd post this one up here incase you missed it. I absolutely love Whats in my bag tags, they are super old school but never ever get old. I think its because we all love a good nosey through someones personal stuff. Gotta love a bit of vouyerism!

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  • Fashion: Pretty Little Thing Picks #PLTCYBERPARTY

    As you all know I'm a massive fan of Pretty Little Thing. When they dropped me an email and asked me to be involved with their Cyber Party I was so excited! With it being Black Friday there's so many offers online and trust me you'll want to buy everything...

    Black Fluffy Crop Top - Now £18
    Denim Pinafore Dress - Now £20
    All I Want For Christmas Kardashian Tee - Now £8
    Cross Front Jumpsuit - Now £16
    Lace up Mini Dress - Now £12
    I Saw, I Came, I Contoured Tee - Now £6
    Blush Faux Fur Jacket - Now £25
    Shearling Waistcoat - Now £25

    I love this time of the year when it comes to clothes. I think christmas is a time for fluffy clothes, loads of knitwear and a glam party dress. I absolutely adore this cross front jumpsuit I think the colour is perfect for this time of year and that it'd look amazing on a night out with a pair of white heels. I love how Pretty Little Thing do so many sassy slogan tees and this Kardashian one is totally on point!

    On top of all the amazing offers on for Black Friday you can get free delivery too! It's a win win situation really... go on treat yourself!
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  • Beauty: The Look Fantastic Black Friday Box #LFBLACKFRIDAY

    As you know from reading my blog I'm a massive fan of Look Fantastic. I did a little bit of interning there over the summer and I absolutely loved it. A few days ago my day was made when this box arrived in the post for me as it was a complete shock! You can sign up to receive all the latest updates about Black Friday for Look Fantastic here.

    This box was full of all the best selling beauty treats available at Look Fantastic right now and I'm beyond excited to give all these a proper try out. Here's what was inside the Look Fantastic Black Friday Beauty Box...

    Tangle Teezer Original Purple Crush
    I've actually been a fan of Tangle Teezers for a while. I love how they help detangle your knots in your hair (especially when you're in the shower) and it's been a must-have for me for a long time. I have actually left mine at home by accident so I'm glad I have another one for my university house as they're so good.

    For Black Friday you can get 3 for 2 of various haircare products here.

    Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
    This is probably my favourite product from Real Techniques. I love the complexion sponge so much and how it doesn't break the bank. I'd love to try out the beauty blender though after reading so many reviews about it. I love using the complexion sponge for blending in concealer and sometimes my foundation when I'm feeling a little bit more lazy when it comes to my make-up routine.
    You can get 3 for 2 on Real Techniques here.

    La Roche-Posay Effaclar K

    La Roche-Posay are known for their amazing skin products and I've only ever tried out hydrating cream before. I've heard a lot about this product from other beauty blogs so I'm excited to give this product a go. For Black Friday you can get 3 for 2 across all La Roche-Posay products here.

    A Little Amazing Concealer

    I'm officially OBSESSED with this concealer. The box came with a leaflet which was about the concealer and how it's so well loved by many celebrities. I was so eager to try it out as on the side of the box it says the 'worlds best concealer'. It's extremely matte so if you have spots, or super dark circles this concealer is for you. I'm obsessed with this in the morning when I've not had the best nights sleep!

    For Black Friday you can get 3 for 2 across all the amazing cosmetics range here.

    Glam Glow Youth Mud Treatment
    Glam Glow is a completely new brand to me but I'm already intrigued. I love a good face mask when I'm having a pamper session, especially as I haven't found the perfect face mask for my skin type at the moment so I'm looking forward to trying this out.You can receive 3 for 2 on all Glam Glow products here.

    Eve Lom Cleanser
    Eve Lom is a brand I've loved for a while I'm so glad I have another lot of this cleanser as I absolutely loved it the first time round! I am so happy this cleanser is back in my life and I can't wait to see the results on my skin.
    Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser
    I've not tried this morning time cleanser before but I'm really looking forward to trying this out. My skin never feels hydrated when I wake up at the moment and having already being a fan of Eve Lom products I know this cleanser will be a great new edition to my skincare routine.

    You can receive an Exclusive Limited Edition 450ml Cleanser with a £110 spend worth £250 for £140.

    What do you think of the Look Fantastic Black Friday Beauty Box? Which is your favourite product?

    Make sure you keep up to date with all the amazing Black Friday offers online here and you can receive 20% off all orders with the code 'LFBLACK' at the checkout!

    Happy Shopping!
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  • Above my Fireplace




    I thought it was about time that I share a little more of my flat as its really starting to get to the point where I'm really happy with it and I actually want to show it off to the world! Here are some snaps of the space above my fireplace in my living room. Obviously in my classic style I wanted to keep it monochrome and packed full of arty prints that reflect me and my interests.

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  • Fashion: The Black Jumpsuit & #PLTCYBERPARTY

    Black Cut Out Detail Jumpsuit - Pretty Little Thing*

    Clutch Bag - Primark (Similar Here and Here)

    White Heels - New Look (Similar Here)

    It feels like an absolute life time ago since I last did an outfit post. I'm finding it harder living at uni to do outfit posts as I spend a lot of my time in the library or traveling back and forth but I'm going to make it my goal over the next few weeks to get some outfit photos done! These photos were taken by my boyfriend (Isn't he good?!) and it was absolutely freezing but I just HAD to show you all this outfit.

    Black Cut Out Detail Jumpsuit - Pretty Little Thing*

    Clutch Bag - Primark (Similar Here and Here)

    White Heels - New Look (Similar Here)

    It was possibly the worst weather I've ever taken outfit photos in, it was windy and raining! At the weekend I went out with my friends (you can see my Instagram here) and I was so excited to wear this number from Pretty Little Thing who are having the BEST sale on at the moment to celebrate Black Friday/Cyber Monday you can get up to 75% off here!

    I've teamed this jumpsuit with a simple pair of heels and a clutch bag which has a pop of colour to it. One thing that will be your ultimate life saver with this jumpsuit is Perfection Secrets. Obviously you can't see what I'm wearing but the fashion tape is what's keeping my boobs in place! If you haven't heard of Perfection Secrets before it's a site for every girls possible needs for a night out... I'm talking about nipple covers (for those revealing dresses), gel pads for your shoes, fluffy lining for your shoes when your cold and the prices don't break the bank either! (win!)

    If you missed my previous post about Pretty Little Thing's Black Friday deals you can check out that post here.

    What do you think of this outfit? How would you wear this jumpsuit?

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  • Lifestyle: 10 'Friends' Jokes We'll Always Laugh At

    If I'm having a down day the first thing I do is switch Friends on TV. It's been my favourite show for some many years now and it always manages to cheer me up, especially on a bad day. I love the jokes in Friends so I thought I'd put this post together to (hopefully) cheer you up if you're not having the best of days!
    1. When Joey bought a man bag from Ralph Lauren

    2. When Phoebe said what we were all thinking...

    3. The flash back video from Monica and Rachel's prom

    4. When Ross went to get a fake tan

    5. When Joey made sense when he gave Rachel love advice

    6. When Rachel gave all the candy away

    7. When Ross Went To A&E with Joey

    8. When Phoebe taught us to be sassy

    9. The time when Rachel put beef in the trifle

    When Monica fort back at everyone

    Hope you all enjoyed this post and reading a little something different! Right now I'm off to watch some more Friends...
  • Popular Dress Codes and What They Mean

    If you are heading out to an event or for a night out with friends, one of the things that you need to consider is the dress code that is required. While you won’t have a dress code for every place you go to, there are often occasions or venues where a dress code is put into place. If this is the case, you need to ensure that you are aware of what the dress code means so that you can pick the most appropriate outfit.

    There are various dress codes that may be implemented depending on where you are going and what type of event you are attending. For instance, a black tie dress code may be in place for certain work functions, VIP weddings and events, and similar occasions. This is where the most appropriate attire for a man would be a tuxedo whereas for females it would be a stylish, elegant gown like the ones we often see female celebrities wearing at red carpet events.

    A formal dress code is often in place for certain business events and formal daytime events. Men can simply opt for a smart suit with a shirt and tie to adhere to this dress code while women could choose something such as a tailored dress teamed with a pair of kitten heels, which look formal without looking over the top. The formal dress code is also often referred to as simply smart dress in many cases.

    When it comes to a glamorous dress code, there is more flexibility as you can opt for anything from a cocktail dress to an elegant gown as a woman. For men, a black suit with a bow tie or standard tie is a safe bet. This is great for things such as cocktail parties or casino nights. You could even host a cocktail party at home and have everyone attend in glamorous attire to make it more exciting. Alternatively, you could host a casino night party at home and play the table games and online slots at places such as Betway casino with all of your guests dressed up in their most glamorous clothes as you serve up cocktails and finger food.

    The smart casual look has become more popular over recent years and this is something that you will often be required to wear if you go to certain venues and clubs as well as more relaxed events. For this sort of outfit, men can pair something like smart jeans or chinos with a tailored shirt or a shirt and blazer without the need for a tie. Women can also opt for a favourite pair of trousers or smart jeans and then simply add a little pizzazz with a dressy top and some heels.

  • Beauty: New In December Make-up Launches

    I've seen a lot of beauty youtube/bloggers do posts similar to this and I think it's a great way to gather up together all of what's new in to my make-up bag and talk about the products! I've been really into make-up right now and I'm enjoying trying out new products so much! GOSH Smokey Nudes Palette - Superdrug

    I went into Superdrug a few days ago to pick up some essentials and my lip liner from GOSH which I carry around in my bag 24/7. I spotted that if you spend £10 you receive this gorgeous smoky palette dupe! GOSH Smokey Nudes Palette - Superdrug

    I've used this palette a few times already and it's very pigmented. I've never actually tried any Gosh products (aside from the lip liners) but I'm really impressed. You can't beat a couple of new products and an eyeshadow palette for £10 either! GOSH Lip Liner in Antique Rose - Superdrug

    This lip liner has been one of my favourites in my make-up bag for quite a while now. I remember swatching it in Superdrug and absolutely loving it. It's a perfect nude if you've got an olive skin tone like me (or if you just like nude tones) and it works so well with Mac's Velvet Teddy.
    Sleek Makeup Highlighter In Solstice - Superdrug

    You may have seen my post about this palette on Instagram here. I am a little bit in love with this palette. I mean who doesn't love a bit of highlight? I love the shade in the bottom right hand corner to keep my skin looking glowing in this weather!
    Beauty UK Lips Matter Lip Laquers* - Beauty UK

    At only £3.99 these new lip launches from Beauty UK are a must have. I was so impressed with the colour pay off for these and I'll be definitely wearing the red colour over christmas! Thread and Beauty Angel Lashes - Harvey Nichols*

    I was so excited when these lashes came in the post. I've heard a lot about the Thread and Beauty lashes and brows range and I think these lashes will look amazing for those christmas parties! Thread and Beauty Eyebrow Pencil - Harvey Nichols*

    If theres one thing I really love taking care of that's my eyebrows. I think when you have dark facial hair your eyebrows really stand out so it's best to really look out for them. I use this pencil to outline my brows before using the Wunderbrow2 Brow Gel.

    Soap and Glory Love At First Blush Powder - Boots

    Soap and Glory have been one of my favourite make-up brands for years. Do you get excited as well when it's christmas and all the adorable Soap and Glory Beauty Sets come into Boots?! Well as my Solar Powder smashed (It was a sad time) I went in to restock and I not only picked up a new Solar Powder but an eyeliner too and this blusher came free with my purchases! (win)

    I haven't really used this yet but when I have I just like a light dusting of blusher over my cheeks.

    Soap and Glory Solar Powder - Boots

    I feel like this product needs to be renamed as the 'Holy Grail' bronzer. It's the bronzer I always go back to and love and it works so well on my skin tone. I think this bronzer would work well on lighter skin tones too as it has a lighter shade.
    Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner - Boots

    I've been really into eyeliner at the moment, especially when rocking a smokey eye on a night out. I am so excited to try this out and with it being a Soap and Glory product I'm sure it won't disappoint. (I'll report back on this one!)
    Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara - Boots

    Soap and Glory are known for their mascaras and I am so excited to have this back in my life. I remember trying it out a few years ago and loving it. What's better is you can pick up this bad boy (alongside the love at first blush) when you spend £15 or more at Boots at the moment!

    What are you lusting after from these new launches? Any beauty products you would recommend?

  • Hello December


    (Note: Although Im wearing Missguided in this post I dont personally support them as a brand and would not recommend their services. All this stuff I've had for a while.)

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  • Beauty: Look Fantastic December Beauty Box Review

    Look Fantastic December Beauty Box*

    It's that time of the month again! (not that time of the month) the time of the month where there's a new Look Fantastic Beauty Box! I absolutely love every box Look Fantastic do every month and i've discovered so many new products thanks to this beauty box.

    Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser
    I've not tried this morning time cleanser before but I'm really looking forward to trying this out. My skin never feels hydrated when I wake up at the moment and having already being a fan of Eve Lom products I know this cleanser will be a great new edition to my skincare routine.
    The Wet Brush In Yellow
    I was beyond excited to see this in this months Beauty Box! I actually lost my last wet brush (It was an awful time) as this brush works complete wonders on curly hair. I'm excited to have this brush back in my handbag as it's a miniature version.
    Molton Brown Japanese Orange Body Wash
    Molton Brown products always smell SO good. I'm looking forward to trying this one out (as it smells gorgeous) when my current body wash runs out.
    Codage Radiance and Energy Serum
    I think I mentioned in my review for last months Look Fantastic Beauty Box review about how I wasn't happy with my skin at the moment and so I was super happy to see a Codage product in this months box. I'm excited to hopefully have more radiant looking skin soon after using this!
    Lord and Berry Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil
    Lord and Berry literally have some of the nicest make-up products I've ever tried. Their eye liners always have a great pigmentation and I love creating smokey eye looks using them! They're so small though so it's easy to loose them so make sure you keep it zipped in your make-up bag!
    Eyelure Dramatic (No. 205) Lashes
    It's the Look Fantastic December box and it wouldn't be complete without a set of Eyelure lashes. These are super dramatic compared to my usual No.100 lashes I go for but I'll definitely be trying these out over christmas!
    What do you think of this months Look Fantastic beauty box? What's your favourite product in this months box?
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  • Things Every Blogger Should Have

    The basic blogger’s kit

    Trust me, every blogger’s setup is different and as you learn and expand your skills as a blogger things might change, but here are a few items that I think every blogger needs to start out and a few points you might actually considered.


    What would a blog post be without images? I’m not going to recommend a specific make and model as not everyone needs the same thing. There is a large variety of equipment out there to suit every budget and need so it does depend on your skill level and dedication.

    I personally use the Canon 700d with a Sigma 18-35 1.8 lens, but that’s just my preferred set up. I’d really recommend researching cameras and learning how to use them properly. Check the photography tips section for some basic tips on blogging photography.

    Two things to certainly keep in mind when thinking about investing in a camera are, first of all, that flip out screens are SO handy when taking self shots and setting up scenes. Secondly, I’d recommend investing in extra lenses for your camera, as that what makes the camera “see” and can improve the quality infinitely compared to buying an expensive body.

    However, for starting out you could probably even get away with just using the camera on your smartphone. Whilst it might not be the best solution, at least you will have something to start with. When you get to the point that you are ready to commit to blogging, then it might be time to look for professional camera options to take your blog to the next level.

    Spare Battery

    There is nothing worse than setting up a pretty bloggable scene than turning on your camera and seeing the dreaded red battery bar. Keep a charged backup within arms reach at all times! I actually have three spare batteries for both my vlogging camera and my main camera. This way I dont get caught out. Some Cameras even have AC sockets and plugs that you can use to power your camera without needing the battery to be charged. It reminds me that I must buy one for my new camera actually!

    Tripod and a Remote

    An absolute blogging must have. The tripod can be used to take self shots, reducing the shaky hand syndrome, and a remote adds a hands-free approach to your photo taking. You can pick up remotes for most cameras and once you get one it’ll change your life.

    External Hard drive

    I cannot stress how important this is, both for blogging and non-blogging things! After a laptop crash and loosing all my precious files in 2010, I forever worry about my computer dying and losing everything, including my years and years of photographs and videos. Having an external hard drive in your blogging arsenal is an absolute must have. Religiously back up your important files as you never know when you might need them.

    Extra Memory Cards

    Having one 32GB card is simple not enough, well unless you're super diligent about deleting files that you've transferred to your computer. Me on the other hand is useless at this so I always have a backup of memory cards on hand. These can be picked up super cheap on Amazon these days so well worth investing in a few!


    Sometimes writing things down by putting pen to paper is a better way to keep your thoughts together than scrambling to write them all down in your smartphones’ note section. Keep all your creative ideas in the same place so you can refer back to them as and when you need a spark of inspiration.

    Portable Charger

    Tbh, I'd recommend everyone getting one of these if they are a blogger or not. When you spot a fire Instagram opportunity and you have decide between taking that snap or being able to call your Dad for a lift home. Keeping a portable charger on hands means you're constantly powered up and dont have to scramble for the nearest Starbucks to plug in your phone!

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  • Lifestyle: Female Affordable Christmas Gift Guide

    When it gets to this time of the year I find blogging so exciting. I think content on blogs at the moment has really upped it's game and I love watching peoples vlogmas videos and feeling all christmassy!

    I thought I would put together a female christmas gift guide to give you all some ideas for if you're searching for Mums, Sisters, Nieces, Best Friends or any woman in your life.

    December Glossybox (Really Ree Collaboration)*
    I realised once I took the photos for these blog photos I hadn't actually got a separate photo of this months GlossyBox. It's probably a good thing as I have a special review coming up in a couple of days on my blog. I've never tried a Glossybox before but this months box is SO CHRISTMASSY. It's a collaboration with beauty blogger Really Ree and I tell you for £10 this box really doesn't disappoint.
    IT by Alexa Chung - Amazon

    I think this book is a general must have for any young fashion lover. Alexa Chung is a bit of an icon of our generation and her book is a great coffee table book or if you love her style and want a little more of an insight into her life.

    Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - Look Fantastic

    This is probably my third complexion sponge which I own. I absolutely love using these but at the same time they're a little bit of a nightmare to keep clean! I love using this sponge for foundation and primer application. I think this is a great gift for a make-up lover or a great stocking filler as it's about £5!

    Benefit Operation Pore Proof Gift Set - ASOS

    Benefit do amazing gift sets when it comes to christmas time. I literally want all of them! I think what's great with Benefit is all their products are amazing so you know you're getting really good value for money. If you're female friend is skin obsessed this is a great gift.

    Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - Feel Unique

    Naked Palettes make AMAZING christmas presents. I'm sure if you're reading this post you have a make-up and beauty obsessed female in your life and this palette will no doubt make her christmas! I love the Naked 3 Palette and it's a great all round product for anyone who loves to create unique eyeshadow looks.

    Tangle Teezer - Look Fantastic

    A Tangle Teezer is a great stocking filler. They are complete lifesavers when you're busy and on the go. I love my Tangle Teezer while i'm in the shower because with curly hair it gets knots in so easily. At about £12 this product is a great stocking filler.

    Hugo Boss Orange Gift Set - The Perfume Shop

    I'm so happy I finally have this fragrance! I always eye it up when i'm in a perfume shop or beauty store. I received it in an amazing (surprise) parcel this week from The Perfume Shop and I was so happy. It definitely made my day! I think it's about £40 which isn't too bad for a perfume gift set if you're looking in the more affordable range!

    What's on your christmas wish list? What's your favourite product in this gift guide?

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  • Beauty: Look Incredible December Beauty Box Review

    There's a new beauty box on the market and this one is full to the brim of make-up. Could it get any better? I think not. Don't get me wrong I'm a massive fan of all the beauty boxes but this one has really surprised me. I've not heard of the Look Incredible Beauty Box* before but this box is definitely one to look out for. I think this box is amazing as a one off sort of treat but if you're like me and absolutely make-up you'll probably want to hit the subscribe button now!

    Tarte 'Lights Camera Flashes Mascara' - £15.99
    I've just looked online and the Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara retails at £29. I've heard so many bloggers and vloggers rave about Tarte mascara and I'm so glad I finally have one in my life to try. Online at Smartzprice they sell it for £15.99 and the beauty box itself is £18.99 so it's well worth a purchase!

    Nails Inc Nail Polish In Marylebone Mews - £5.99
    Nails Inc nail polishes have always been one of my favourite brands. I love how their polishes last so well (at least 3-5 days without chipping) and the colour pay-off of the colours is just brilliant. I actually don't have this colour and so I'm looking forward to rocking this colour.

    L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Blake's Pure Red - £5.99
    Lately I've become a bit of a fan of L'Oreal lipsticks. Don't get me wrong I'm 100% a MAC Lipsticks sort of girl but I don't mind a good drugstore dupe. I've been a fan of Gossip Girl since I was about 14 years old and so I'm so glad I can start wearing Blake Lively's signature red lipstick.

    Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss In 35mm
    Smashbox is a brand I've never actually tried before (shocking I know!) I read so many reviews about Smashbox products and this lip gloss is 100% perfect for my skin tone.

    Liz Earle Eyelash Curlers
    I'm actually a big fan of the Liz Earle cleanse and polish and so I was excited to see these in this Look Incredible Beauty Box! I've actually lost my eyelash curlers (but I've replaced the loss with my Urban Decay Primer Mascara which is amazing) so I'm happy I have another pair of eyelash curlers in my life!

    Bare Minerals Deep Cleansing Foam
    Bare Minerals is a brand I always hear so much about. I've tried a couple of eyeshadows from them before and I loved them. I think this product would be perfect for my skincare routine after using my micellar water.
    This box retails at £18.99 and with the value of these products it's 100% worth a try if there's some brands you really want to try but have normally been a bit to expensive!
    What do you think of this Look Incredible box? Which is your favourite product in this months box?
  • Beauty: Glossybox December Beauty Box Review

    It seems to me that the beauty boxes this month have gone all out! You may remember a post from a few days ago (here) where I was telling you all about this months exciting Glossybox collaboration with beauty blogger Really Ree. The box is definitely as gorgeous as it looks in the photos too.

    You know it's going to be a good beauty box when it's a collaboration with a top beauty blogger. If you haven't checked out Ree's blog before you can check it out here.
    Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream (Full size £65)

    The winter feels like it destroys my skin. I find that at the moment I'm feeling spotty, my skin is dry and i'm just not quite sure what's going on with it. When I saw this in this months Glossybox I was so excited. I've read about this Darphin Cream before and so I'm super excited to give this a go.

    Essence Liquid Lipstick In Show Off (Full Size £2.50)

    Essence is a seriously underrated make-up brand. If you don't know about Essence make-up they can be found in Wilkinsons. I find all the Essence products I've tried are such good value for money and I've swatched this lipstick on my hand the colour pigmentation is gorgeous.

    Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail Paint (Full size £7)

    I feel like I'm a bit of a nail polish magpie. I feel the need to have every colour I see at the moment. I love changing the colour of my nails pretty much daily and who doesn't love a good nude pink nail polish?!

    Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On (Full size £30.66)

    I find that every blogger I know seems to be using eye creams at the moment (well they seem to from reading their blogs) and I've never actually tried one. I tend to just rely on my concealer to hide my dark under eye bags in the morning when I'm super tired. After looking at a couple of reviews online they say it hydrates your skin really well so I'll report back on this!

    Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask (Full size £8.50)

    What sort of girl doesn't enjoy a pamper session?! I've had one this evening actually (well the evening I'm writing this post) and they always make me feel so much better about life and who doesn't love a quality bit of TLC? I'm looking forward to giving this a go as the mask as it's been proven to hydrate your skin which will get your skin party ready!

    So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil (Full size £15)

    This highlighter pencil is 100% my favourite product in this months Glossybox. I feel like I'm having a real moment with highlighters as they make my skin seem dewy and glowy when it actually feels dehydrated at the moment!

    Will you be picking up this months Glossybox? Which is your favourite product? Do you love this collaboration?

  • Lifestyle: The Under £15 Christmas Gift Guide For Her

    'Cant Touch This' Gloves - ASOS
    Long Time No Blog Pencil Case - ASOS
    Vaseline Vintage Therapy Tin - ASOS
    Soap And Glory Matchbox Gift Set - Boots
    Ted Baker Little Luxuries Gift Set - Boots
    Tanya Burr Merry Kissmas Make-up Set - Superdrug
    Chiffon Scented Candles - Boux Avenue
    Let It Snow Slippers - ASOS
    Glitter Lace Ankle Socks - Topshop
    Christmas Lip Bullet Duo - Topshop
    It's Not How Good You Are Book - Urban Outfitters
    Soap and Glory Kissmas Cracker - Boots

    When it comes to christmas I get so carried away with christmas shopping. I know that when you have loads of people to buy for sometimes it's super hard to stick to a budget. So today I thought I'd share with you all some of the products I've been loving myself (put into a gift guide) for some inspiration for you all if you've still got christmas shopping to complete!
    When it comes to christmas you can't beat a Soap And Glory gift set. This 'Matchbox' gift set is only £12 and look at all the amazing products you get inside! If you want something from Soap and Glory on the lower end of the £15 mark the perfect stocking filler is this Soap And Glory Kissmas Cracker.
    I think it's hard to remember something that things that keep you warm make perfect gifts at christmas including these gloves and these gorgeous 'let it snow' slippers. Who doesn't love a candle this time of the year? Yankee candles are amazing (but sometimes a little pricey) and this candle from Boux Avenue caught my eye as it's only £10.
    What do you think of this gift guide? Which is your favourite pick for under £15?
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  • Beauty: Birchbox (Birchbag) December 2015 Review

    December really is the month of AMAZING beauty boxes. To my surprise this month's Birchbox came in the form of a clutch bag and I couldn't have been more excited. 2015 has really been an exciting year for Birchbox* and I find that their boxes just get more and more exciting each month.

    This is the sort of treat for yourself which you could keep at your office (or your handbag) just in case you end up going for after work drinks to a party or even a date night. This months box has completely got you sorted this party season and you can reuse the clutch after! (win)

    Benefit The Ultimate Party Kit - Puff Off! and They're Real Push-Up Liner Duo (RRP for both is £41)

    First up we have the Benefit (Birchbox Exclusive) ultimate party kit. If you're like me and you love a bit of Benefit, you'll be so excited to receive these two samples in this months Birchbox. First of all how cute is this mini push-up liner? it won't take up any space in your bag and you can master the cat-eye flick on the go. The morning after you can soothe your tired eyes with Puff Off.

    Rituals T'ai Chi Foaming Shower Gel (RRP £8.50)

    I'm so excited about this foaming shower gel. Firstly because I've tried Rituals a few times before and love the brand but secondly as this is a TRAVEL SIZE version. It seems to be that whenever me and my boyfriend go away we never have hold luggage so this will be super handy when I next go away as the hand luggage limit is 100ml.
    Catherine Malandrino Style De Pars Eau De Parfum (RRP £50)

    After giving this sample size a quick spray I am definitely a fan of this scent. The notes are mandarin, grapefruit and pear so this definitely has a fruity smell to it.
    Model Co Ultra Long-Lasting Lipstick in Smitten (RRP £15.50 for set of 3)

    Every Model Co Cosmetics products I've tried I've absolutely love. I'd 100% recommend their eyebrow products and mascaras. I've only ever received Model Co cosmetic products with goody bags or beauty boxes so I have no idea where you can actually purchase Model Co in the UK. If you know of anywhere please let me know!
    Embryolsse Lait-Creme Concentre (RRP from £12.99)

    According to many beauty reviews online, this is a make-up artists cult classic. It hydrates your skin thanks to the aloe vera and shea butter and leaves your skin feeling super soft.
    Ciate London Glitter Nail Polish (RRP £9)

    This is my favourite product in this months Birchbox. I didn't realise how GOOD Ciate London nail polishes are. I used Revlons nail polish in 535 Perfect Pair and used this glitter polish on top and I'm absolutely loving this combination.

    You can pick up this months Birchbox (Birchbag) for £10 with £2.95 P&P.

    Overall I think this box is absolutely amazing. I think this Birchbox covers all areas of beauty this month. You've got your red lipstick, statement liner, glittery nail polish and hydrating cream and shower gel. I think the variety of the products alone is worth a purchase and then you have a gorgeous clutch bag perfect for the party season ahead!

    What do you think of this months Birchbox? Which is your favourite product in this months Birchbox?
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  • Fashion: This Weeks High-Street Picks #64

    Nude Deep V Plunge Dress - Pretty Little Thing
    Merry Chicmas Christmas Jumper - New Look
    Yellow Plunge Bodysuit - River Island
    Wine Halter Neck Culotte Jumpsuit - Pretty Little Thing
    Grey Cable Knit Bobble Hat - New Look
    Red and Camel Check Scarf - New Look
    Longline Midi Skirt - Missguided

    I feel like I haven't done a post like this in FOREVER. I used to love putting these sort of wish lists together but I've been feeling a little bit less inspired lately. Let me get you all up to date with what's been going on... I'm sure I've mentioned but I'm writing my dissertation at the moment which is taking up a lot of time. I've recently gone to my boyfriend's work do and managed to pick up this gorgeous dress (and it didn't break the bank!) Also I've been really into thick wooly jumpers and jeans and dressing comfy so I definitely think I need a christmas jumper like this one in my life!

    I've been loving bobble hats lately and I think it's because it's so cold outside. I have this one from Topshop which I absolutely love but this one from New Look is half the price (bargain!) I am also really liking big wooly scarves and I think New Look is the number one place to be if you're looking for a new scarf!

    What do you think of this weeks high-street picks? Which is your favourite item on this weeks wish list?
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  • Beauty: Feel Unique Beauty Haul & Zeek App

    First of all I'd like to introduce you all to a new app for your iphone/android you can download and it's called Zeek. If you've not heard of Zeek before, it's an app where you can sell you're unwanted gift cards and save money on purchases as the vouchers are sold at a discount.

    I was given credit to try out this app and I had the swiftest experience with it. I went for a £50 Feel Unique voucher and made some very good purchases with it and even managed to use a discount on top of my purchase on Feel Unique to save some £'s.

    I think it's 100% worth it if you're sending a voucher to a friend for a present, you want to treat yourself or just save a couple of £'s on somewhere you'd always shop. What's great is you can get £5 your first purchase with the code 2YY4O5!

    Urban Decay Setting Spray - Feel Unique (sold out by available here)

    I'm a big fan of Urban Decay Cosmetics. I nearly (not quite) own all the Naked Palettes and I use at least one of them in my make-up routine everyday. I've become more of a fan of the brand lately (as you can see from this post) and It made me want to purchase this setting spray even more. I have a full review coming soon (yes it's so good I have a separate review) so watch out for that!

    TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminiser - Feel Unique

    I've been a big fan of the highlight trend this past few months. I find that highlighter can make me look more awake, like I have dewy skin and of course make me look like I have a decent set of cheekbones! I've heard a fair few beauty youtubers talk about this in the past and I have to say this highlighter doesn't disappoint. I think what's great is that you can layer it up so if you want a light highlight or a heavy highlight this is 100% worth investing in.

    NYX Tinted Brow Mascara - Feel Unique

    A few weeks ago I had never actually heard of NYX cosmetics (my bad!) and I'm so annoyed at myself for not finding out about the brand sooner. The collection is now stocked on Feel Unique and the price points don't break the bank either. I've heard ViviannaDoesMakeup talk about this in a video and she is 100% right this product is a must have. It sets my brows perfectly and It's the perfect budget option at only £5.50.

    NYX Tame and Brow Pomade - Feel Unique

    This is another brow product which I've fallen a little bit in love with. I've heard so much about the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and so I was super excited to try the budget option. This is another product which Anna from ViviannaDoesmakeup raved about and it definitely makes my brows look just that little bit fuller.

    NYX Eyeshadow Primer - Feel Unique

    This is actually the only make-up product I haven't tried yet in this haul. I was very tempted to pick up the Urban Decay Primer Potion but it's a bit of a dent in my bank balance If I picked that up alongside the setting spray. So naturally, I went for the budget option. Having been so impressed in the NYX brow products I'm sure I won't be disappointed by this primer.

    NYX Love In Paris Eyeshadow Palette - Feel Unique

    I've used this palette a couple of times and It's not the best pigmentation but it's still a great all round palette to create a smokey eye. I definitely prefer the likes of TheBalm and Urban Decay but this is still a great palette for under £10.

    Fleur De Force Beauty Bundle - Feel Unique

    I can't help but by into the youtuber make-up ranges which are everywhere at the moment. I have to say I don't rate some of the Tanya Burr nail polishes I've tried but I've tried this quad from Fleur De Force and it's absolutely beautiful. The colour pigmentation in this eyeshadow quad is amazing! I've met Fleur (twice I think) and she's been lovely and I love watching her vlogs and beauty videos.

    I've definitely found that since spending my days writing my dissertation in the university library i've become a little bit addicted to watching vlogmas and beauty videos.

    Next, I'd like to tell you all about the #ZEEKFACE competition! basically to be in with the chance to win £400 all you have to do is take a photo and imagine you've just received a present you don't want (what you're really thinking and not that fake happy smile) and upload it via your social media channels and tag Zeek. The winner will win £400 in Zeek credit (that's a lot of shopping!!) and three runners up will win £100 credit each.

    So here's my entry for the ZEEKFACE competition!

    I think this is a super fun competition worth entering as you never know you might be the lucky winner! I'm wearing most of the beauty products I've mentioned in this post in the photo too.

    What do you think of this beauty haul? What beauty items have you been loving at the moment?

    Which is your favourite product from this haul?

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  • That Green Fedora

    I bought this hat a few weeks ago and its barely left my head since I picked it up. I honestly didn't realise how much my wardrobe needed Green Fedora until I got this one. It adds the perfect ammount of colour and a little bit of extra oomph to a basic outfit. I know I have approximately 2 billion fedoras but there is always room for another one in my life.

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  • Beauty: The Ultimate Beauty Box - Cohorted December Edition Review

    There's a been a bit of a buzz on social media about this months Cohorted beauty box. I'd describe this beauty box as quite a luxury one. It's something you can pay for one off (as a treat to yourself) and you'll know you'll never be left disappointed about. While I was working on my dissertation last week in the library I had a missed parcel slip to pick up and after the 2 mile walk to the post office yesterday morning I was beyond excited when it turned out to be this months Cohorted beauty box. I actually rushed around this morning to take blog photos for this post (as it was a little bit lighter but still not 100%). I've read a couple of reviews online already and this months box is in collaboration with fellow beauty blogger Michelle from Thou Shalt Not Covet.

    One thing I really like about the Cohorted beauty box is the contents really do range but within the range I always find quite a luxury make-up brand I've never tried before. In the last box I received (check out the post here) I discovered cosmetics brand 'Thebalm' and I have to say I'm now obsessed with them! So lets get onto this months box...

    Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross and Rachel - £28 (available here)

    First up this months box includes possibly the best named make-up product ever. How did I not know that there's a make-up product named after Ross and Rachel from Friends? They are my ultimate favourite TV couple. I've heard a lot about Too Faced products (especially their chocolate bar palettes) but I've never tried anything from them. First of all the packaging for this is insane. I love how it's come as a compact which means it's perfect for applying make-up on the go.

    NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment in Lana - £19.50 (available here)

    Thanks to the last Cohorted beauty box I received I tried NARS for the first time. I've heard so many beauty bloggers/youtubers rave about the velvet matte lip pencils and boy did they not disappoint. My lip pencil Walkryie is a handbag staple of mine. First impressions of this product is it's more of a summery lip product as it has SPF 15 protection. You can obviously still use this in the winter though as who doesn't need a lip balm in winter to keep your lips moisturised?!
    NARS Flat Concealer Brush - £24 (available here)

    Seeing another NARS product in this months box was a huge shock. Literally how amazing is this months box?! I've heard big things about MAC make-up brushes (which I still haven't tried yet) and NARS brushes and so I have a feeling this will soon become a staple in my make-up routine. I think this brush will be great for applying concealer under the eyes but also for targeting blemishes. It's quite a dense brush but it seems to blend the concealer quite well (well it works for me anyway!)

    MAC Lipstick in Rebel - £15.50 (available here)

    I've never ever received a MAC product in a beauty box so as you can see I was super excited about seeing this in this months box. I am a massive fan of MAC Lipsticks and I've never been disappointed by them. I don't actually own Rebel but I'm really excited to give this shade a try, especially as it's such a wintery colour.

    Marc Jacobs Dot Perfume Sample (full size available here)
    This is possibly my favourite perfume of all time (aside from Marc Jacobs Daisy) and I've never been disappointed from a Marc Jacobs perfume. I'd say this is definitely more of a summery perfume but Daisy is a great perfume if you're looking for an all year round scent. Dot is a very fruity and light scent which reminds me of summer! I'd definitely recommend this if you're looking to update your perfume collection.
    What do you think of this months Cohorted box? I think this is a great purchase if you're fancying treating yourself and there's already been a sneak preview to January's box which you can order (and check out the preview of it) here.
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  • Boots of Dreams


    Im well aware I have a bit of a shoe addiction at the moment. As someone thats never really been that into shoes it's come as a bit of a surprise to me as I literally cant stop purchasing them. I saw these Red Croc patent ones a while ago in New Look but never picked them up as they didn't have my size.

    I did a little ASOS Haul recently and saw these bad boys on my nosey around the site. They are a lot taller than the shoes that Ive been drawn to recently. I always feel like super high heels make me feel like a giant (even though im only 5ft5, my proportions just look a little odd. None the less I adore these boots on they are much comfier than I initially thought they would be!

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  • Fashion: Grey Coat & Tartan Scarf

    Coat - Pretty Little Thing* (sold out but similar here and here)

    Polo Neck Top - Topshop

    Tartan Scarf - New Look

    High-waisted jeans - Topshop

    Bag - Ted Baker

    Boots - Cloggs*

    It's finally time for me to be able to go home for christmas! I'm far too excited about it as I'm quite a home sort of girl. I go back every few weeks but when I have gone home it's never been a good time to shoot some photos for this blog. I think the weather has been truly awful lately and there's been so many outfits I've wanted to shoot but I've had no time (or daylight hours) to be able too.

    Now i'll be back home soon and not living in the library everyday I'll be able to squeeze some outfit photos in! I've found myself living in polo necks and jeans at the moment. I walk a mile to uni everyday and a mile back and so it's always so warm while i'm walking so I don't want to layer up too much. As part of their cyber weekend deal I picked up this coat and i've been loving it as it keeps me warm but I haven't had to layer up too much.

    Tartan Scarf - New Look

    High-waisted jeans - Topshop

    Boots - Cloggs*

    Due to the awful weather when I took these photos I only liked a few photos. It was so so windy and I managed to drag my boyfriend to take these shots for me as I was desperate to take some outfit shots! I've teamed this coat with a simple polo neck from Topshop (available here) and dark blue joni jeans (available here) and I think with this tartan scarf from New Look it's the ultimate comfy (but stylish) I'm off to university look.

    High-waisted jeans - Topshop

    Boots - Cloggs*

    So let's talk about my new boots from Cloggs. When you're walking all day everyday (well to university and back and up loads of hills) I was in need of some good, comfy leather boots. These babies arrived in my life a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to take them off since. They're leather, they keep my feet dry no matter what the weather and they look stylish! When it comes to boots in the winter I genuinely think it's worth spending just that little bit more on the perfect pair which will last you season after season so thank you so much Cloggs!

    Once I'm back into the swing of things you'll be seeing a lot more outfit photos from me over christmas. I seem to be wearing loads of outfits I want to shoot but I never seem to be able to find that time or daylight hours to be able to shoot them! The joys of being a full time student ey?!

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  • Beauty: Mark Hill Hair Tools & Products

    Well this months been a month of disasters (sort of) my laptop chargers died so I had to purchase a new one and now my hair dryers gone the same way! Why does everything break at the same time?!
    So I went to the mothership (aka Boots) to pick up a new hair dryer and boy was I in for a treat.
    With all the offers on at the moment it was probably a good thing my hairdryer broke when it did. I picked myself up this Mark Hill Glam Kit.

    It was an absolute steal at £29.99 but also as it came with straighteners alongside a hairbrush too. I'd say the only downside to this hairdryer (which I didn't realise) is that it doesn't have a nozzle bit on the front. In a way I don't actually mind too much about this as with being a curly haired girl, I don't want to go overboard on the heat on my hair but as the settings aren't as powerful as my old hairdryer i'm still drying my hair but with less damage.

    Thanks to my Boots points I was able to pick up a new anti-humidity spray. I haven't been happy with my current one and I needed something with my hold so my hair doesn't frizz so much. I've given the Mark Hill Anti-Humidity Spray and I'm really liking this product so far. It's definitely working more for me than the Batiste one I was using and it has more hold.
    I also picked up the Mark Hill Heat Protection Spray, this I wasn't as pleased with but I wanted to try something new out (which was cheaper) as my current spray is £9. I think this Mark Hill Heat Protectant is better in the summery months. It seemed to take some of the moisture out of my hair. If you're a straight haired girl I'm sure this spray would work really well for you though!

    The last product I've been trying out is the Mark Hill Perfecting Polish Hair Putty. Any product which claims to tame fly aways I'm completely on board with. After trying this a few times I think it's something I'll grow more to loving. With freshly washed hair this works really well as when I'm styling my hair this helps tames the frizz and fly aways.

    Have you tried any Mark Hill products? What are your favourite hair products to use?
  • Beauty: The £1 MAC Soar Lip Liner Dupe

    A few days ago I was going through my make-up stash and noticed a few lip liners similar to Mac's lip liner in Soar. Even better is that I noticed I picked up one of these dupes for only £1! (yes £1) so I thought I'd share you this dream find with you all to help you save a few pennies!
    I know you all love a good dupe on my blog. You may remember the £5 Velvet Teddy Dupe posts (check out the post here and here). I was amazed when I watched this P.S Love Beauty Lip Liner from Primark that how similar it was to Mac's Soar Lip Liner. The other lip liner in my stash similar to soar is mauve moment lip liner by Max Factor which you can pick up for £4.99.From left to right (mauve moment by Max Factor, Soar Lip Liner, P.S Love Beauty liner)
    As you can see from the swatches that the middle lip liner is Mac's soar and the swatch on the right is the £1 Primark dupe. The colours are both incredibly similar and these dupes are perfect if you're looking for a more affordable lip liner.

    Obviously Mac's soar is incredibly long lasting on the lips and a little bit more pigmented but for when I'm on a night out or going out for the evening i'll be packing my primark dupe as I definitely don't want to take Soar out as I'd be so worried I'd loose it!
    What do you think of these Mac Soar Lip Liner dupes?
  • Another Matte Lipstick

    So I was ordering some Christmas presents online and came across NYX being stocked on Selfridges. Naturally after a quick swatch Google and the justification of "I deserve a Christmas present too" I ended up picking a few shades of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream's - Cannes, Morroco and Stockholm.

    I was immediately drawn to Stockholm which is a pretty natural but quite light pink shade. I've been opting for brown nudes a lot recently leaving behind my peachy pink roots none the less this lipstick wowed me on first application and I've barely worn anything else on my lips since. I've tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip before but I didnt love the colour. the formula is really lovely and so forgiving on chapped lips like my own. The kind of lip product you can easily apply without needed a mirror. It's non drying, creamy and unlike a lot of the matte lip formulations out there. At £5.50 they are a budget friendly alternative to higher end liquid lipsticks, without any of the dryness. Big thumbs up from me.

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  • Beauty: Love Me Beauty Box December Review

    Love Me Beauty boxes have changed SO much since I first started receiving them about 6 months ago. I find that the Love Me Beauty boxes have always had products so suitable to my skin type and the variety of products is amazing and so varied for the £10 box price. Each month you receive 60 credits to spend in the Love Me Beauty boutique. So you can pick whatever you want to put in your box from skincare, nails, make-up to haircare.

    This new style packaging of the box is so grown up and chic and gives this beauty box a whole new appearance. Anyone else love saving beauty boxes and using them as make-up storage?! and the drawing string bag it comes in is so useful for storing your make-up on the go. Especially if you're carrying brushes and you don't want to ruin your make-up bag with them. So let's get onto this month's box...

    1. Percy and Reed No Fuss Flawless Dry Conditioner (RRP £12)

    So if you're like me you probably swear by dry shampoo. I've never actually tried any dry conditioner before but I can confirm after trying this out a couple of times that this is an absolute treat. I find that because it's winter my hair isn't as nourished as it would normally be and this product has sorted my hair right out and gives it so much more nourishment.

    2. Monu Skincare Moisture Rich Hydrating Mask
    Monu Skincare is actually one of my favourite skincare brands. Every product I've tried by Monu I've loved. I'm currently using the everyday moisturiser and it's made such a difference to my skin lately. I've not actually tried this mask out but I know I won't be disappointed with this product.

    3. Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm (RRP £12)
    I've never heard of this brand before but this balm is definitely a multi-tasking one! You can use this balm on your skin, tame your eyebrows, as a lip balm or for cuticle and nail care. I definitely think this is going to be a handbag essential of mine!

    4. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
    This product by Nuxe seems to be a regular in the beauty boxes and so I've tried this out a few times. I love how hydrating this product is on my skin but sometimes it can leave my skin feeling more oily then moisturised. I'd recommend it for those of you which have super dry skin though.

    5. Roques O'Neil Skin Repair Serum

    Roques O'Neil is a brand I've never actually heard of before. But since getting into skincare a little bit more (I'm trying to find my perfect skincare products) so I'm really excited to try out this serum.

    6. Cailyn Eyeshadow Pencil

    This product by Cailyn I was probably most excited about in this months box. I love the colour of this eyeshadow pencil and how when I use this in the corner of my eye to create a smokey eye the pigmentation of this pencil is incredible!

    7. Gold Necklace with Rose Quartz Stone
    With the whole revamp of the Love Me Beauty website and packaging they've created there own jewellery line too and it's a gorgeous collection of dainty jewellery and how gorgeous is this necklace?!

    This months Love Me Beauty box is 100% one of there best boxes to date and I'm a little bit in love with the new style to the boxes and the packaging!

    With the code 'BECCA50' you can receive 50% off your first box! Amazing right?! I'd definitely go ahead and treat yourself this month. The Love Me Beauty boutique has incredible brands such as Nails Inc, Percy and Reed, Lord and Berry, Monu, Nuxe and Dr Paw Paw. The brands in this months boutique are quite expensive normally so this months Love Me Beauty box is well worth picking up if some of these brands are ones you've wanted to try out for a long time without breaking the bank!

    What do you think of this months box? Which is your favourite product?
  • Lifestyle: My 5 Goals for 2016

    I can't believe we're coming to the end of 2015. I think this year has gone way to quickly! So I thought I'd put together a post about some of my goals for 2016.

    1. To finish my degree - Okay so this goal is inevitable. I will finish my degree but right now it seems like a lifetime away... as I type this posts I'm having a break from writing my dissertation! I have a dissertation to complete, a final major project and a portfolio project all before the end of may so my degree is definitely going to be keeping me very busy in the coming months!

    2. To travel more - This year's really been a year of travel for me. Since meeting my boyfriend last year we've really enjoyed travelling together. In February we went on a few days away to Dublin (you can read my post about it here). In June/July we went to Crete which was absolutely amazing. (you can check out my posts about it here, here and here) and in September we took a weekend trip to Amsterdam and you can take a look at my posts about it here and here.

    3. When there's budget are tight to enjoy more staycations - I've always wanted to see as much of England as I can, having lived in a few places and always loving traveling I'm keen to discover more parts of England I haven't yet seen. Birmingham is somewhere I've lived in the past and I've always loved visiting. There's always something new to see and do and their christmas markets are my absolute favourite! Other places I've always wanted to visit are Brighton, Edinburgh, Bath, Norfolk and Cardiff.

    4. Work more on my blog - I think for the start of 2016 this goal will be a little bit harder to do as I'm so busy with my third year projects right now but to work more on my content is more to create the best content I can for my blog. Some of my goals for 2016 is to reach 10,000 followers on Instagram (you can follow me here), to reach 5,000 on Blog Lovin (you can follow me here) and hopefully see an increase in the people which are reading Fashion-Train.

    5. To find a graduate job - Seems as I finish my degree at the end of May I hope to find a graduate job soon after. I think finding a job right now is so difficult and I hope that I can find a job which I'll love and enjoy and be able to grow with in years to come. But I'll have to finish my degree first!
    What are your goals for 2016?
  • Beauty: Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul

    If you're looking for a place where you can get your perfumes a little bit cheaper then on the high-street the place to look is Fragrance Direct. I've actually placed an order just a few weeks ago for one of my boyfriends christmas gifts! When I was looking on Fragrance Direct I noticed they sell make-up including brands such as MAC, Cargo, W7, Essie, Rimmel and Bare Minerals.

    W7 The Glam Box* - Fragrance Direct
    I recently received a W7 cosmetics calendar which I absolutely loved. W7 cosmetics is a brand I've never actually tried before but it's so so affordable. I've heard a lot about the 'In The Buff' palette which is a dupe for Urban Decays Naked 2 Palette. This box of palettes really surprised me as the make-up palettes are so pigmented and affordable. If you're looking for a last minute christmas treat to yourself (or a friend) I'd definitely pick this up.

    Cargo Cosmetics 'Let's Meet In Paris' Eye Palette* - Fragrance Direct

    Cargo Cosmetics is a brand I've read so much about online. I've always wanted to try one of their eyeshadow palettes and now I finally have one in my life! I absolutely love the colours of the eyeshadow in this palette. I think this palette will be great for creating a smokey eye look but always a christmas themed eye look too. My favourite colours in this palette are Eiffel Tower, Creme Brûlée, Bonjour and Cafe.
    Look Good Feel Better The Makeover Brush Set* - Fragrance Direct

    Look Good Feel Better is a brand I feel isn't raved about enough. I am a massive fan of the Real Techniques brushes but I tried a Look Good Feel Better brush a few months ago (I think it was this brush) and I absolutely love it. I use it to create eyeshadow looks everyday when I do my make-up routine. The quality of the brushes is insane and they seem to feel and look a lot more expensive then they are. I'm so excited to introduce this brush set into my daily make-up routine as inside this set there is a Powder Brush, Finishing Brush, Tapered Blending Brush and Detail Brush.

    MAC Frost Lipstick in Fluid* - Fragrance Direct

    I'm a huge fan of MAC cosmetics lipsticks and I use them everyday. When I noticed that Fragrance Direct stock MAC cosmetics online I was pretty excited. What's great about the make-up section on Fragrance Direct is that all the make-up is slightly discounted too which is a total win. This lipstick looked a lot lighter than it is online but when I watched it it's quite a sheer but deep brown colour. I think this lipstick will look great over one of my darker MAC lipsticks such as Rebel or Taupe.

    Which is your favourite product from this haul? Have you ever shopped at Fragrance Direct before?
  • Loving Yourself This Christmas

    Are You Looking Forward To Christmas This Year?
    When you read something urging you to “love yourself this Christmas” this may seem to run directly contrary to the true spirit of Christmas, one of being loving and giving and helping those less fortunate than yourself. But that is to fundamentally misunderstand the true concept of self-love.
    So the first step is to develop your ability to practice ‘self-love’ in the true sense of what is meant spiritually by the term.

    Self-love is all about fundamentally understanding your own needs and being aware of your own qualities in ways that will actually help and enable others. In many senses, then, truly understanding self-love really is more appropriate at Christmas than at any other time of year as it is ultimately a selfless thing.

    Achieving a deep understanding of self-love is valuing yourself as a truly unique individual, as important a piece of what is divine in our universe as anyone else. This is not to be confused with self-absorption or self-pity and it most certainly isn’t about acting in a selfish way to get whatever you want.

    Don't feel guilty about giving love to yourself as well as others this Christmas
    When you love yourself, you love to help others but you also understand what you need to function properly – and what is your birth-right, to be treated with respect and to treat others likewise. When you truly respect yourself, you respect other people, too. The two go hand in hand and are of equal importance.

    Many people confuse this respect for the self with getting what they want in a materialistic way. That is not true self-love. So, for example; buying yourself an expensive sports car following a windfall may be no bad thing. But this isn’t the same things as self-love, particularly if the purchase is made because you feel you need to increase your self-esteem. You may well decide to be a little self-indulgent and to take pride both in who you are and what you do, having the inner courage to truly be yourself and to express yourself in whatever way you see fit. But only when this is internally-driven from the soul rather than something done to impress other people is it really self-love.

    So for most people, being comfortable about who they are and accepting the differences with others is a positive step forward. Perhaps the Desiderata sums it up best when it says to “speak your truth quietly and clearly”. But it also encourages to listen to others, including the “dull and the ignorant” because they too have their story. Doing what you believe to be right through a true love of yourself almost always involves helping other people, being kind and generous to others – and acting selflessly.
    If you’re doubtful about the truth of this later statement, then try something out. Try doing a random act of kindness for someone else, even if that act is completely anonymous and the recipient of your generosity will never know that you were the benefactor. See how it makes you feel deep down inside. And if ever anything ever came close to the true spirit of the “Christ-Mass” then surely true self-love is it.

  • Fashion: The New Years Eve Dress

    Gold Sequin Dress - Motel Rocks via Ark
    Clutch Bag - Primark
    Black Heels - New Look
    I feel like I've been a bit of a 'rubbish' fashion blogger lately. I've spent the past 3 weeks of my life writing my dissertation and living in the university library, before that I was designing and completing a magazine in a group project and during that time I've had laryngitis, tonsillitis and a few other infections. So it's been a little bit of a hectic time for me work wise and health wise right now!
    Dress - Motel Rocks via Ark
    Clutch Bag - Primark
    Heels - New Look
    I'm back at home for christmas now, still writing my dissertation and being super busy but at least I have a little bit more time to take some blog photos every now and then! This dress I'm wearing in this post was actually a secret santa gift from Ark's Christmas Blogger Event. I absolutely love this dress from Motel Rocks via Ark and it's a perfect New Years Eve dress. I've teamed it with a simple pair of black heels and a black clutch for a simple but classy look with nude lipstick and gold eye make-up.
    A few weeks ago I went to the Ark Christmas Blogger Event #YuleBelieve and here's some of the photos from the event!

    The event was so much fun and it was so nice for an event to be in Manchester and to catch up with some of my favourite blogging girlies!
    What do you think of this outfit? What are you wearing on New Years Eve?
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  • Beauty: Top 5 Beauty Products of 2015

    First of all HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! Can you believe it's christmas eve already?! I'm beginning to put together some of my yearly round up posts for my last posts this year and first up we have my top 5 beauty products...
    As you can probably tell from my posts this past year i've become really interested in beauty blogging. Fashion blogging has always been my first love but I think it's only right to stick to what I'm interested in, what I'm loving at the time rather then fashion post after fashion post. Don't worry though there will still be fashion posts! There will just be more varied content from now on.
    Seems as it's the end of the year in just over a week it just seemed right to do a round up of some of my favourite beauty products which have stolen my heart and damaged my bank balance this year (although some purchases didn't really damage my bank balance!) which I thought you'd all love to see...

    1. TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter - Feel Unique
    You may have noticed that the make-up brand 'TheBalm' is being talked about so much on beauty blogs lately and after years (or what feels like years) of reading about this highlighter from them I have it in my life and since i've had it i've worn it every day since. I think what's great about this highlighter is that it suits all skin tones. £17.50 is a hefty price tag but it's definitely worth the hype.

    2. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Natural 05* - available at Feel Unique
    Bare Minerals is a brand I've never really tried before and boy have I fallen in love. My skin has been so dehydrated lately due to the ever changing weather conditions and this product has completely changed my skin. This product from Bare Minerals is a tinted hydrating gel cream and it works so well on my skin. What I love about it the most is that it not only moisturises my skin but it gives good coverage too. On days where I need more coverage I'll add my foundation on top of complexion rescue.

    3. Soap and Glory Solar Powder - Boots
    I had pretty much convinced myself that I was a Benefit Hoola Bronzer fan through and through and just over a year ago I discovered solar powder. First of all it's a Soap and Glory product (so they never disappoint) and the product is half the price compared to my previous bronzer. What I love about this bronzer is that you can layer it up loads and loads but you can also wear it for a light coverage too.

    4. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara - Feel Unique
    Being a dark brown haired girl I pretty much never leaved the house without my eyebrows sorted. I was such a fan of the Essence eyebrow gel but I can never find it in a Wilkinsons in stock. I've tried the Maybelline brow gel but it left my brows feeling crispy which didn't feel good at all. Since loosing my essence brow gel I've picked up the NYX tinted brow mascara from Feel Unique and it's absolutely AMAZING. I don't even know what I've done without it. It gives my brows more definition and sorts them out but also sets them as it's a brow mascara.

    5. The Balm Nude Tude Palette - Feel Unique
    It was so so hard to decide on my favourite palette for the year but aside from my Urban Decay Naked Palettes, I've absolutely loved TheBalm Nude Tude Palette which I received in a Cohorted Beauty Box (you can check out the post here) and it's been in my daily make-up routine ever since. I loved the pigmentation of the colours in this palette and the colour palette of this palette is completely up my street. My favourite colours are 'Sultry' 'Stand-Offish' and 'Selfish'.
    What are your favourite beauty products of 2015? Have you tried any of these products?
    There won't be a new post for a couple of days because I'll be enjoying christmas/still writing my dissertation but I'll be back with a sales post!
    Hope you all have an amazing christmas!

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  • Beauty: Feel Unique Boxing Day Sale Wishlist 2015

    TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer - Now £15.75
    Real Technique Miracle Complexion Sponge - Now £4.80
    Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Now £14.40
    Bare Mineral Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream - Now £18.20
    Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray - Now £18.90
    TheBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette - Now £27
    Urban Decay Vice4 Eyeshadow Palette - Now £38.70
    Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked - Now £13.95
    Eyelure Fleur De Force Lashes - Now £5.05
    Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick by Kate Moss - Now £3.15
    I can't believe how fast this years gone. It's the 26th December (Boxing Day) today and it feels like last years Boxing Day was like yesterday... I am so excited to be putting this post together because it's like shopping without spending the money... win!
    You may remember my post a couple of days ago about my Top 5 Beauty Products of 2015. I was so surprised when I was looking at all the gorgeous bargains on Feel Unique that they not only had the TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer but also the TheBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette which made it onto the favourites of 2015 list. I tried to stick the list to affordable make-up bits but I managed to forget the Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray which I absolutely love. I really like spraying it onto my face after finishing my make-up application but also using this to dampen my Real Techniques complexion sponge before I use it to blend in my concealer and foundation.
    As you can see there is a lot of Urban Decay products on this wishlist. I already have the setting spray but the other products are currently on my wishlist! I'm a big fan of Urban Decay and you can check out my post dedicated to my love for the brand here and my post on the Gwen Stefani palette (which is absolutely amazing by the way) here.
    All these items on my Feel Unique wishlist are under £40 too which is super affordable considering the most expensive product is the Urban Decay Vice4 Eyeshadow Palette!
    What's your favourite item in this wish list? What are you lusting for in the beauty sales right now?
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  • Beauty: The Make-up Product I Can No Longer Live Without

    Urban Decay Setting Spray - Feel Unique (sold out by available here)
    I didn't think it was possible to literally be THIS obsessed with a product. I have wanted to try out the Urban Decay Setting Spray for so long after reading so many good reviews online but my initial thoughts were can a spray really help make your make-up stay in place all day?!

    Urban Decay Setting Spray - Feel Unique (sold out by available here)

    The answer is YES. I massive big YES. At the moment I'm literally spending my life in the library researching and writing my dissertation and believe you me it's literally the most time consuming thing and it sure does exhaust you of any ounce of energy you have...

    Urban Decay Setting Spray - Feel Unique (sold out by available here)

    I walk up and down hills everyday to get to university and that means going out in the rain, snow, wind etc and living in a hill filled area it definitely affects your make-up as the day goes on. As soon as I leave university (or get half way through the day) I just feel like I want to take my make-up off as it feels like it's falling off my face. I find that powders have helped for a couple of hours to set my make-up but don't work for me after that.

    Since having the Urban Decay Setting Spray I think that my make-up routine has been changed completely! I find that I forget now my make-up is on as it feels so weightless and as if I don't have any make-up on at all. At £22 for the full size it's a lot of money to spend on a setting spray but I'd 100% recommend trying out the travel size version which you can purchase here and here.

    Have you tried out the Urban Decay Setting Spray? Do you like Make-up Setting Sprays?
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  • Beauty: Top 5 Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes

    Top 5 Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes
    If there's one thing I love it's an eyeshadow palette. I find that I have far too many then I actually need but I always find myself trying out new eyeshadow looks so it's totally worth it right?! I've discovered some amazing eyeshadow palettes these past few months or so (around 6 months maybe) and I thought I'd put together my top 5 drugstore eyeshadow palettes for you all and my reviews of them.

    Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette 03 Rose Nudes - £11.99 from Boots
    Max Factor is a brand I'm growing to love at the moment. I've fallen in love with the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara and it's become my go-to mascara in my everyday make-up routine. This palette is amazing for the price, I've not really seen pigmented eyeshadows like this in a while. I absolutely love the colours in this palette and this is a great palette to carry around if you're doing your make-up on the go.

    NYX Love in Paris Shadow Palette - £9.50 from Feel Unique
    This palette is absolutely gorgeous. I think I'm yet to find a product by NYX that I do not love. The colours in this palette are stunning and perfect for creating a smokey eye look. My other favourite products from NYX at the moment are the tinted brow mascara and the brow pomade which are well worth buying as they're my go-to eyebrow products right now.

    Fleur De Force Eyeshadow Quad in Lunar Rose - £7.99 from Feel Unique

    Fleur is someone I've followed for years through blogging. I was never into watching youtube videos but I've always loved her blog. I've met her before and she was really lovely and it's so nice to see a blogger do so well for themselves. This eyeshadow quad is great. I think the pigmentation could be a little better but for the price you can't argue. I love using this palette to create a day time look.

    L'Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Les Ombres - £7.99 from Boots

    This beauty of a palette actually came in a free gift set if you spent £15 on L'Oreal. I was lusting after the true match foundation and powder and so when I picked these up this gorgeous palette came with it. I love the golden shade to highlight my inner corners of my eyes and it makes me look more awake to which is a winner from me!

    Bourjois Quad Smoky Stories Eyeshadow - £7.99 from Boots

    Bourjois are known for their eyeshadows, lipsticks and foundations and I've never actually tried an eyeshadow from them until recently. I've been a big fan of the concealers and lipsticks but this palette is absolutely stunning. I think it's great for doing your eye make up on the go and you just need to use those 4 essential colours to create an eye look.

    Overall if I had to pick out of the 5 which one I HAD to pick up I'd chosen the Max Factor rose nudes palette as each colour is absolutely stunning and the eye looks I've created using this palette I've been so happy with. I think it's a great palette for £11.99 and i'm tempted to pick it up in the other 2 colours available too!

    What do you think of these eyeshadow palettes? If you had to pick one to use which would you pick?

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  • What I Wore: Boxing Day


    Sorry things have been p. quiet over here on the blog in the last few weeks/months/year. I have been working on a ton of new content for January and the rest of the year going forward though which I'll touch on in another post. None the less I thought I'd share this outfit snap from Boxing Day (basically the day after Christmas Day for non Brits!). I hope you all had an awesome holiday break with your families and loved ones! Bless up

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  • Beauty: Top 5 MAC Nude Lipsticks

    MAC Lipsticks are my favourite lipsticks to wear. I love a good drugstore dupe but over the past couple of years I've really grown to love nude lipsticks from MAC. I think they work so well with my skin tone and really make a difference to my everyday make-up routine. As it's come to the end of the year and there's a lot of 'top beauty' posts around I thought I'd share with you all my Top 5 MAC Nude Lipsticks.

    I keep a nude lipstick and lip liner in my handbag everyday to touch up my lipstick and so I am never anywhere without a Mac lipstick at hand.

    Mehr, Velvet Teddy, Cherish, Taupe and Kinda Sexy

    Mehr - is probably my most recent edition to my lipstick collection and it was due to watching Lily Pebbles' youtube videos. I already owned Soar lip liner and loved it and this is the perfect lipstick to go alongside it. It's quite a rosy-toned brown colour which I love when I want to make my lips stand out.

    Velvet Teddy - This shade is quite possibly my FAVOURITE ever Mac lipstick and that's a bold statement. I know this is seen as one of the 'Kylie Jenner' shades but this shade I find really suits my skin tone and i've had so many compliments wearing this.

    Mehr, Velvet Teddy, Cherish, Taupe and Kinda Sexy

    Cherish - I use this shade as my 'everyday' nude lipstick. This is the shade which I keep in my handbag and I use this shade the most. It's dark enough to make a difference to your lips but it's great as it's really moisturising and looks great with a no make-up, make-up look.

    Taupe - This shade and Persistence are my two favourites at the moment. Taupe is a great brown toned nude and looks great against my skin tone. It look quite light on the bullet but it's actually quite dark (as you can see from the swatches photo) and really makes a difference to my everyday make-up looks.

    Mehr, Velvet Teddy, Cherish, Taupe and Kinda Sexy

    Kinda Sexy - This was the first MAC lipstick I ever bought about 4 years ago now. I absolutely love this shade as it's quite light but still makes a difference to my daily looks. I love this nude and I think this is a great shade for those of you with lighter skin-tones as it's dark but not too over the top.

    (From Left to Right - Mehr, Velvet Teddy, Cherish, Taupe and Kinda Sexy)
    As you can see from the swatches each shade is very different. Mehr is pink toned, Velvet Teddy is a medium toned (but still quite dark) nude, Cherish is a nourishing lipstick and a little bit glossy, Taupe is matte and quite dark and then Kinda Sexy is pink toned.
    What do you think of these MAC lipsticks? Do you recommend any colours to try out?
    Which colour is your favourite?
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  • Beauty: Charli XCX & Impulse

    If there's one product I use on the go and that's always in my handbag it's a can of Impulse. Ever since I was in my early teens I've been a massive fan of the brand. I love how the sprays are always on offer in Boots and Superdrug which always makes sure I pick a can up. The biggest launch for Impulse this year has been the collaboration with Charli XCX.

    I was lucky enough to be sent over the new limited edition fragrances in Rock and Love and Vanilla Kisses to try and I have to say these fragrances didn't disappoint. Both of the the body sprays I'd say are quite feminine.

    Vanilla Kisses is more of a romantic body spray. If you're into your light and romantic fragrances I'd say this is a great edition to your clutch bag on a night out to top up your fragrance without bringing your fragrance along with you. This spray has notes of apple and peach, with an oriental base of vanilla and musk. I really like this fragrance but if I had to chose between the two 'Rock and Love' is more similar to my favourite fragrance which is Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs.

    Rock and Love is a more bold fragrance and is seen as a sensual scent. This fragrance still has fruity notes and a base of orange blossom and amber. This is going to be in my handbag this new years eve for my night out to keep me smelling amazing all evening!

    To celebrate the launch of the 2 new limited edition cans to the range I was challenged by the lovely ladies over at Impulse to create a video using the an Impulse can as a microphone singing (well miming) along to one of my favourite songs. So I thought why not? So here's my attempt...

    You can pick up these fragrances from Boots and Superdrug from £1.99 here and here.

    * This post was sponsored by Impulse but all opinions are my own*
  • 31 Outfits to Inspire you in January 2016

    So it's the new year and it's about time we all considered switching up our wardrobes... wait isn't that what all the magazines tell us but its really a load of crap? Regardless I thought I'd start a new monthly feature on this blog called "30 Outfits to inspire you this month" it's basically just enough outfit inspiration to pretty much cover a whole month's worth of dressing. I was thinking about doing it as however many days there are in that month but 30 is just easier and almost covers all bases. 30 days has September, April, June and November... etc etc.

    It's been a long while since I've done a regular feature on this blog. Yup, I deserve a slapped wrist for that one. But I think it' about time we sort of bought about some level of structure. Ahem.

    So here are 30 fully shoppable looks to inspire you throughout the month of January! Hope it gets your sartorial inspiration juices flowing! Let me know which are your favourites!











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  • Lifestyle: Top Blog Posts On Fashion-Train For 2015

    This photo was taken by my boyfriend in Crete and I absolutely love it. It's one of my favourite photos I've posted on my blog and I'm so happy you all loved my '5 Things To Do In Crete' post which is one of my most read posts this year.

    I can't believe it's 2016. I genuinely feel like 2015 was a complete blur that it went so quickly. 2015 was one of the best years i've had personally in a long time and I'm so excited to see what 2016 may bring. I've seen a lot of these types of blog posts around and so I thought I'd crawl through all my past blog posts for the year and put together a round-up of all my most popular posts you know (just in case) you missed them!

    The £5 Velvet Teddy MAC Dupe

    Look Fantastic May Beauty Box

    Another most read post was the Look Fantastic March Beauty Box and the Look Fantastic 1st Anniversary Beauty Box Review. This year was a beauty box filled year for me and I absolutely love each one I'm subscribed to. You can check out the beauty box section of my blog here.

    5 Style Lessons Rachel Green Taught Us

    The £2.50 Benefit Gimme Brow Dupe

    New Look Autumn/Winter 2015 Press Day

    5 Things You Can Do To Make Another Bloggers Day

    Cohorted Black Edition Box Review

    5 Ways To Promote Your Blog Using Social Media

    16 Thoughts We've All Had Shopping In Topshop

    5 Things To Do In Crete

    What's been your favourite post on Fashion-Train for 2015? what sort of content would you like to see on my blog during 2016?

    Hope you've all had a wonderful new year!

  • Beauty: Top 15 Beauty Products of 2015

    I've been working a long time on this post. I love nothing more then when I feel so inspired to write content on my blog. I've drafted 5 blog posts so far today! It makes me feel so organised and it's so nice to have blog content all ready to upload rather then to sit and spend the next 2 hours writing a post. I love this side of blogging, where sometimes you can be full of so many ideas you don't know when to stop writing/drafting posts. I've seen loads of 'top beauty products' posts go round the block but I thought I'd do my own spin on things and share with you all my top 15 beauty products of 2015.
    I've already posted my top 5 beauty products but this was mainly my 'december favourites' post looking back on it. I've gone through my whole make-up collection (well my make-up collection at home and not at university) and picked out my top 15 favourite products and some of these will have featured in my top 5 beauty products post but a lot of these products I haven't been able to put down all year.

    1. Urban Decay Naked Setting Spray
    The Urban Decay Setting Spray really is worth the hype. I really don't know why I didn't have this product in my life sooner as I don't know where I'd be without it now. Whenever I used to give my boyfriend a hug i'd always get make-up on his shirt. He always hated it and since I have this product in my life it's not happened since. It makes me feel like I haven't got any make-up on, the spray works so well on eyeshadow brushes when you're doing your make-up to make it more intense too if you give the brush you're using a quick spritz before you start applying eyeshadow. I've even written a whole review about this spray (yes it has it's own post) and you can check it out here.
    2. MaryLou Manizer Highlighter by TheBalm
    You've probably read a million and one reviews about this product and clicked on the link in the post and thought £17.50 for a highlighter?! Well this is another product which is worth the hype (otherwise it wouldn't have made this post) if you're a girl who loves her highlight and doesn't want to splash out on the Becca x Jaclyn Hill champagne pop, this highlighter is for you.
    3. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara
    Being a dark brown haired lady, I always struggle when it comes to finding the perfect brow product. Up until the middle of this year I always reached for the gimme brow product by Benefit but It's just far too expensive. I have nothing against Benefit products but nearly nearly £20 on a brow mascara? I needed to find something cheaper. Then I discovered NYX. I'm yet to be disappointed by a product they do. I absolutely love this brow mascara and it's an absolute steal at £5.50

    4. L'Oreal True Match Powder
    Despite falling a little bit in love with the Urban Decay setting spray I still feel the need to use a powder as sometimes my skin feels a little oily. This powder I use alongside the foundation in the shade 4N and I have to say it's absolutely amazing. At £6.99 it's a total bargain too.
    5. NYX Tame and Brow Pomade
    I'm a blogger who loves her eyebrows, with having super dark hair I feel the need to get them threaded as often as I can, and keep them looking as 'on fleek' as possible. After binge watching beauty videos on youtube one hungover Sunday I discovered the NYX Tame and Brow Pomade. I've heard a lot about the Anastacia beverley hills pomade but it's just a little bit expensive. This product I use everyday on my brows and it keeps them looking full and sleek. Yet again, this is another bargain of a NYX product at only £5.50.
    6. Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palete in 03
    This palette you will have seen has featured a few times on my blog lately as I absolutely love it. The colour range is absolutely gorgeous and it's the perfect palette to use for a neutral eye look. You can check out my other post featuring this palette here.
    7 and 8. MAC Lipstick in Taupe and MAC Lip Liner in Spice
    I love using MAC's Taupe lipstick and spice lipliner together. I absolutely adore this combination. It's what I reach for everyday when I'm doing my make-up routine and if you're a mac lipstick lover and a lover of nude lipsticks you'll absolutely love this. You can check out my blog post featuring Taupe here.

    9. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette
    This is the newest edition to my make-up collection and it's all thanks to my boyfriend. Didn't he do well getting me this for christmas? I absolutely love it. I've never been disappointed by an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette and this is the palette I reached for when I was creating my new year's eve make-up look.
    10. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge
    Now this is a product I'm a massive fan of. When I'm doing my make-up this is what I use to blend in my foundation a little bit more and apply concealer. (The one used in the photos is one I received in a beauty box and haven't used yet) You can pick this up super cheap on Amazon or it's normally on offer in Superdrug.

    11. Tarte 'Lights Camera Flashes' Mascara
    This mascara came into my life thanks to last months 'Look Incredible Beauty Box' and firstly this beauty box is absolutely amazing and secondly so is this mascara. I've heard so many good things about Tarte products but I never know where you can buy Tarte products (aside from in America). I absolutely love this mascara as it's so great at making my eyelashes look fuller and longer.
    12. MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
    This is another MAC nude lipstick that's featured in my 'Top 5 MAC Nude Lipsticks' post. Velvet Teddy is a lipstick that suits all skin tones and it's a very pigmented matte lipstick.
    13. Soap and Glory Solar Powder
    This is a product I was introduced to after watching Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup's videos and with a recommendation from her, you know you won't be disappointed. Soap and Glory make-up products are a little bit more expensive then your Rimmel products and Collection products but they are worth those few extra pennies. This is a great bronzer for any skin tone and it's so easy to build up if you want a heavier bronzed look or you can just give yourself a light dusting of bronzer with this too.

    14. Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette
    Zoeva is a brand I'd love to have more from in my make-up collection. I remember having a Beautybay voucher earlier this year and I went straight to putting some Zoeva products in my basket. I picked up this palette and boy is this palette beautiful. Their are a really good range of colours, they're highly pigmented eyeshadows and there's a mixture of mattes and shimmer colours. It is a beauty steal when it's only £15.50. I can't wait to add some more Zoeva palettes to my collection as I'm lusting after the rose golden palette and the naturally yours palette.
    15. Urban Decay Subversion Mascara Primer*
    This product was probably the biggest surprise for me as I didn't really know is mascara primers were a thing but back in november (you can check out the post here) I was introduced to this primer and oh my god it works like a dream. I use this when I remember to (as sometimes I forget) and it really does make a difference to your lashes. So many people have asked me what fake eyelashes do I use and when I tell them it's a mascara primer they're shocked!
    I hope you've enjoyed this post as much as I've enjoyed putting it together!
    What products have you tried from this list? Have you got any beauty recommendations for me to try?
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