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Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Leibster Award/Get to Know Me

I was super flattered and excited when Jessica Faye nominated me for a Leibster Award earlier in the year. Thank you so much!

The Leibster Awards is given to bloggers by bloggers as a way to spread the love in the blogging community.

The way the award works is that you answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you and then you nominate 11 of your favourite bloggers and ask them your own set of questions. I accidentally answered the wrong questions when I was planning this blog post so there are two sets of answers. I hope you don’t mind.

  • ·         Why did you start blogging?
I love to write and I went through a phase of reading a lot of successful blogs, like Zoella’s, and they inspired me to start my own little blog.
  • ·         What are your hobbies?
I love to read but, being a uni student, I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure. 
Anyone who knows me knows that I go to a lot of gigs, so I guess that counts as a hobby? 
I also enjoy watching Youtube makeup videos and listening to music. 

Oh, and I do quite a bit of writing for other platforms, such as my uni magazine and music websites. 

  • ·         What makes you happy?

Bastille, makeup, bastille. I have to admit I am obsessed with the band (and their frontman, Dan Smith). I’m actually listening to their biggest hit, Pompeii, as I type this.

Going to gigs is essentially my ‘happy place’. I enjoy playing with makeup…and shopping! Selfridges is my other happy place. I also love to write.

Spending time with my friends brings me the most happiness. I know a really great bunch of girls and some of whom I have known for over 20 years of my life. We always have a laugh when we’re together.

I also love to travel and hope to do more in future.

  • ·         What are your goals, both with the blog and in your own life?
My blog is quite modest, as in I don’t have a lot of followers (but I love the ones I do have) so my only goal is to post more regularly. I hope loads of posts planned but I’ve been lagging behind lately. In my personal life, I would like to lose weight (for health reasons) and finish my degree.

  • ·         What are the things you’ve done that have increased your blog traffic?
Not too long ago, it was my third blogiversary so I held a giveaway for a lipstick and I saw views on that post increase threefold, compared to any other post I had done previously.
I like doing giveaways and it would be nice to do another one towards Christmas. Watch this space.

  •       What does your daily routine look like?

I     t’s funny because my days vary so much. Some days I have to be at uni for a 9am start and, I commute from another city, so I have to be up as early as 5am! I’ll then have a few lectures or a lab and make my way back home on the train. My days off, on the other hand, can see me staying in bed til at least 10am lol. 
  •        How do you stay on top of managing your blog, writing for it, and promoting it?

Hmm, I’m not really the best person to answer this question, because I have been a bit rubbish at blogging lately. Usually, I like to jot down my ideas and work on one post at a time. I tweet and post on Facebook to let people know when I have new posts up and beg them to read my work haha!
  •       Who are your top 5 favourite bloggers to read? 

The Blushing Giraffe, Safiyah Tasneem, Lily Pebbles, The Anna Edit and Amena Official.

  •       How can you be cheered up if you had a bad day?
Foooood or a nice hot chocolate should do the trick.

  •        Do you prefer taking a bath or showering? 

I love a nice, relaxing bath.
  •         What is “your” smell? Your favourite candle, which perfume do you use?

I love light floral scents. I don’t own it but my favourite candle would be Red Roses by Jo Malone. I’m liking ‘Just Pink’ from Next at the moment. It was a birthday gift from my parents and it is really nice.

The following questions were set by Jessica Faye, aka the questions I was supposed to answer.
·         What is the beauty product you use the most?
It would have to be my L’Oreal Paris Paradise mascara because I wear it on days even when I have no foundation or any other makeup on.

·         How would you describe your style?
Very girly and a little bit vintage.

·         What is your favourite movie? Why?
One of my favourite movies is August Rush. Super cheesy, I know, but it’s such a different story and the songs are lovely. The ending always has me sobbing like a baby.

·         Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Ooh, that’s such a good question. In 5 years time, I’ll be 32 years old (weird!). I’d like to think I will have passed my degree and be working as a professional writer, possibly in London.

·         Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
Summer everytime! I hate the cold, and the dark mornings and evenings. Give me the sunshine any day.

·         What do you find hardest about blogging?
I guess finding the motivation, and time, to put all the pieces together-typing up a post, taking pictures, uploading pictures, editing.

·         Would you encourage others to have a blog? Why?
I would say definitely, go for it! It’s nice to have your own little corner of the internet to write about things you are passionate about. I would say, however, that It takes a certain amount of dedication and hard work.

·         What is your proudest achievement?
It might sound funny but a few years ago, I abseiled off a 90 foot bridge in the Peak District and I am actually terrified of heights so that was a big moment for me. 

·         What do you like to do to relax?
Face masks!

·         What is your ideal working environment?
I like working on the floor, in my bedroom, which is what I’m doing right now.

·         What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
I’ll keep it beauty related and say lipsticks! Especially liquid lipsticks.

My 11 Questions

1.       Why did you start blogging?
2.       What was your first blog post about?
3.       What are your favourite bands/artists?
4.       What is your favourite book and why?
5.       What was the last book you read?
6.       What are your Holy Grail makeup products?
7.       Whose blogs do you enjoy reading?
8.       Have you ever been to Beautycon?
9.       Who is your favourite beauty youtuber?
10.   What do you find challenging about blogging?
11.   What is on your Christmas wishlist?

I would like to nominate the following people for the Liebster Award: The Blushing Giraffe, Safiyah Tasneem, Rose Beauty Files, LoraHull, Sophie’s Notebook, Paige’s Preferences and Nishi V.
If you have been nominated, it would be awesome if you could tag me so I can read your answers.

                                                                 Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

To Kill A King and London Shopping

On 10th August, the band ‘To Kill A King’ held a gig in collaboration with Clash magazine at Metropolis Studios in London. Tickets were free so I thought “Why not”?

The gig was in the evening so I met my friend for lunch first and she showed me Old Spitalfields Market. It was so cute and quaint, with loads of stalls selling unique goods, as well as stores like Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone.

We went to the Deciem store. I already have The Ordinary Serum foundation and really love it, so I thought I would try the Coverage foundation in the shade 3.0 R (for red undertones). So far, I’ve only worn it once and really love this one too! I’ve already received compliments when wearing it, which is always nice.

I had some time before the gig and didn’t really know what to do with myself so I went to get my hair blow dried. It was a nice treat to myself.

I then popped into Urban Decay and finally got my hands on their Vice liquid lipstick in ‘1993’. I had been asking around after this shade for months and it was always out of stock, so I was very happy that they had it in store. So far, I am totally in love with the nude brown colour and the wear of this lipstick.

Before long it was time to head to Stamford Brook Station in Chiswick to see ‘To Kill A King’. Metropolis Studios was really cool. It was a little hard to find so I had to ask someone for directions. I later realised the person I had been talking to was a member of the band. I hadn’t recognised him and felt like such a doofus haha. Later, I actually bumped into the lead singer, Ralph, and said hello.
Our names were on a ‘guestlist’ and then we waited in the bar whilst the opening act ‘Misfires’ (from Swindon) prepared their set.

The gig was really intimate and I was really close to the stage at one point, which was exciting. There can’t have been more than 100 people there. Probably the smallest gig I’ve ever been to.

Misfires were excellent! I hadn’t heard their music before but, from what I did hear, they’re set for big things! Their songs were rocky, catchy and loads of fun. The perfect opener.

Then came ‘To Kill A King’. Now, I had heard some of their songs before, but not all of them and I’d never seen them live before. I had seen some of their Facebook Live performances though, so it was a little surreal seeing them in person but, boy, am I glad I did!

Ralph, TKAK

They were amazing! They played ‘Choices’ first, which is actually one of my favourite songs.
The sound quality was brilliant too. I think it was the best I’d ever heard at a gig.

One thing I really liked about the gig was that all the members seemed to be enjoying themselves. Ralph was smiling and joking and it was so nice to see.

Once it was over, I was absolutely shattered after a long day in London. I had to travel another 3 hours by coach to get home but it was definitely worth it.

Have you listened to ‘To Kill A King’?
Do you like them?

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Glossier Event

A few weeks ago, Anna tweeted that Glossier were going to be holding a pop-up showroom in London and I was so there!

There’s so much hype surrounding Glossier. It’s become a cult brand and all my favourite bloggers rave about it, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about for myself. (If I’m honest, I travelled all the way to London just to test out the Milky Jelly Cleanser.)

Skin tint

The pop-up was held on Baker Street in Marlebone and was quite busy, so my friend and I had to queue in the rain for a little while (funny story, somebody actually stole my umbrella, so we got soaked afterwards too!).

Inside was so fancy. There were flowers everywhere and lovely Byredo candles burning. Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, was there too but I didn’t get a chance to speak to her. All the Glossier products were laid out so we could test them and have a general play around with.

Of course, I went straight for the Milky Jelly Cleanser and absolutely loved the texture. Other products which stood out for me were the Priming Moisturiser Riche and the Stretch Concealer. I wasn’t expecting to love the products as much as I did. The formulas were gorgeous. I can’t wait until Glossier products come to the UK in October.

I had been hoping to purchase some things on the day, but unfortunately nothing was for sale. It was more of an introduction to the products, if that makes sense. There were actually goody bags being handed out, but they ran out before I got there. I should receive mine in the post in a few weeks *fingers crossed*. Let me know if you want me to blog about the products I receive.

Meeeee :)

Have you tried any Glossier products? What did you think?

Thank you for reading! 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

3rd Blogiversary and Giveaway

Three years ago today, I uploaded my first blog post about my Nails Inc manicure

I decided to start my own blog after reading other beauty blogs and really enjoying them. 

I’m so grateful for all of you who read my posts and I wanted to do a little giveaway, so I have a Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour in the shade Devotion up for grabs. 

All you have to do is let me know your email address and tell me about your favourite lipstick in the comments section below. 

The competition is open to UK residents only and I will be randomly selecting a winner on Saturday 5th August

Good luck! 

Thank you for reading! 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick

My parents gifted this to me as congratulations for passing a beauty course. I have the shade 08 Framboise Obscur. I wanted to write about it because it’s so different to any other lip products I’ve tried lately. 

It’s a sheer wash of colour but with just enough pigment and I think the deep berry shade compliments my skintone. It’s not a shade I’d normally wear but it does make for a lovely day to day lipstick.

It’s also super moisturising. This product contains black rose oil to keep lips soft and hydrated. The packaging is super luxurious. And, of course, it feels so lovely to own a Givenchy product.

It comes in 24 shades.

Has anyone else tried this lip product?

What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Killers at BST Hyde Park

I have been a fan of The Killers since I was a teenager and when I heard, back in January, that they were playing a UK show for the first time in years I was quick to snap up tickets.

The event took place on Saturday 8th July in Hyde Park, London. Luckily the sun was out and it was a lovely day to be there. Elbow, Tears for Fears and many other acts were performing as support acts.

On a side note, I really liked my makeup look. I drew a winged liner effect using a navy blue eyeshadow and a colourpop liquid lipstick. Look out for a colourpop haul I'm going to post soon. By the way, in the picture below, I had a filter on so I look way more orange than I actually am!

Elbow were so great. I hadn’t listened to a lot of their music before I saw them yesterday but I really enjoyed the show. Guy was amazing at entertaining the crowd and making sure we were all having fun. Their sound was rockier than I expected and he had 65,000 people singing along to ‘One Day Like This’.

Then came the main act, Las Vegas electro-pop rockers…The Killers! Everyone was so excited. Brandon Flowers just oozes ‘cool’. He even changed his jacket during the set to suit the mood of the song haha! He is, without a doubt, an amazing frontman and, I have to say, it was the best gig I’ve ever been to.
Photo credit to The Killers Facebook

Every single song was amazing. Some I had admittedly never heard before and some I hadn’t heard in years. Of course I knew, and sang along to, all the classics like Smile Like You Mean It and Mr Brightside.

The show ended with an actual fireworks display and I left feeling deeply impressed and thoroughly happy.

The Killers are going on a UK tour in November and I’m already tempted to book tickets! Watch this space.

Do you like The Killers? What’s your favourite song? If not, who are your favourite artists?

Thank you for reading! 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Eid Look 2017

This Eid I decided to wear a fuchsia pink and gold suit and I wanted a sparkly makeup look to match. 

After applying moisturiser, I applied Rimmel Fix & Perfect primer because I wanted my makeup to last. For the base I used a sample I had of Dior Forever foundation in 045. The colour match and coverage were both excellent and I really want to purchase the full size of this foundation once my others have fun out.

For concealer, I used my trusty Maybelline Age Rewind in Nude.

Onto eyeshadow and this was the exciting part for me. I applied Charlotte Tilbury’s ColourChameleon eyeshadow pencil in Amber Haze all over the lid and then patted Half-baked from the Urban Decay Naked palette onto the lid.

I then used Lancome Hypnose Volume-A-Porter, which is my go-to mascara at the moment.

For lips, I liked the colour of my Givenchy Rouge Interdit lipstick in Framboise Obscur. I also liked that it wasn’t too bright.

Last but not least, I spritzed my Pixi Glow Mist.

And there you have it, my eid makeup look.

I hope you all had a fantastic eid, if you were celebrating. Let me know what your eid makeup looks were or what you wore. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!