Saturday, 30 December 2017

Most Used Faves | 2017

This bunch of products are what I've used pretty much every day this year and I can see myself continuing to use them in 2018. I've bought these all myself after seeing so many people rave about them and they've now become part of my holy grail products that I will forever repurchase.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
This is honestly the best mascara I have ever used, I always reach for this one and to be honest I've ended up throwing all of my other mascaras away because nothing comes close to this! It gives you everything you need and for only £7 what more could you want!!

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
Now this has to be one of the most hyped products of this year, everybody was talking about it and as the Lush fan I am, I had to cave in and buy it. It took me a while to get into a habit of using it regularly but trust me, it's so good. I know most people used it to help them get a good nights sleep as its full of calming lavender but for me it's just an all round good hydrating lotion that has helped my dry skin SO much.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder
Now this has to be my favourite find of 2017. After searching for what felt like ages for a light/medium coverage foundation thats suitable for my dry and patchy skin I came across this and it is so worth the price tag. I've gone through tubes and tubes of it this year and to be honest I don't see myself changing to another foundation in a loooong time.

Still Magnificent Metals Eyeshadow
I've done a post all about these amazing products but I just had to include them in this post too. In 2017 for an everyday makeup look I've got into the habit of not using any eyeshadow but for times where I want a little something (especially in the evenings) I've reached for these. They are easy to use, highly pigmented and super long lasting. I've already got my eye on a few more shades!

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Cleansing Toner
If theres a product thats changed my skincare this year, it's this. It removes your makeup whilst keeping your skin hydrated and refreshed. It also works really well with any moisturiser making any skincare routine really quick and easy.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
I feel like Charlotte Tilbury has become my favourite beauty brand this year. Every product I've tried, I absolutely love and I've already made a list of more product's I want to try in the new year! This bronze and highlight duo though is by far my most used bronzer and highlighter this year. It's so natural but can easily be built up to more. It's SO worth the price tag and I know as soon as I run out, I will definetly be repurchasing it !!


Thursday, 28 December 2017

Oh 2017, What A Year

I'm not gunna lie this year has been one big blur. After last year, I was just so focused on taking one day at time that it feels like I suddenly stopped and the next thing I knew it was the bloody countdown to christmas !! Like whaaaaaaat?? I have a love/hate relationship with these in-betweeny days on the lead up to the new year as well. I spend most of my time trying to work out what day it is if I'm honest.
The year started with a mix of emotions, my family marked the one year anniversary of losing my grandad. It was one of the hardest days but at the same time we came together stronger than ever and got through it together. I still miss him like craaaazy though. 
At the end of January I turned 19 which to me is just ridiculous.. My last year of being a teen !! I celebrated with a night out with my two oldest friends and another night out with my family which was just perfect. I can't believe that in a month I'll be 20 it's SO crazy.
In February I went to London with my dad to see Scouting For Girls live again and it was obviously amazing, they always are live. One of my Auntie's all celebrate her 60th with a meal out with the family, another lovely night with lots of prosecco and cake (what more could you want!!)

March and April were also quite busy. I baked pretty much every weekend making orders for different people which was great. Me, my sister and my parents went to Marwell Zoo for the day (where my love for Rhino's started.. !!) We went to see Diversity live again too which as always was bloody brilliant. Also we celebrated my Nan's birthday with another lovely family meal and had a party for my Auntie's 60th birthday which was western themed so I got to dress up as a cowgirl!! I also got my hair dyed for the very first time after putting it off for so long (silly I know, but I was SO nervous!)

Not much happened in May and June. We celebrated my dad's birthday with a trip my fave place Brighton in May, June started with a hen night for 3 girl's at work who were all getting married within two weeks of each other! It was such a good night which the best bunch of girls ever.

July meant the annual Pretty Muddy race with some of the girls from work. We've done it 2 years in a row now and we're definitely doing it again in 2018. Me, my sister and parents also travelled up to Chester for 2 nights to visit Chester Zoo for the day (one of my favourite days out I've ever had.) I did a post here with all my photos from the day. July also saw my mum celebrate her 50th birthday with a lovely jam packed weekend full of food and family.
August was really quiet but September was SO busy! It started with a day trip to Brighton with my sister and our friend where we explored all the amazing places including the lanes and the pier. Then me, my sister and our parents jetted off to Rhodes for two weeks and it was the one of my most favourite holidays ever. I've done a post here full of all the holiday snaps. That was the third time we've been to Rhodes and I'll definitely consider going again, it's SO beautiful.

October started with me still in Rhodes enjoying the sun but after getting home it was very chilled and very quiet (apart from failing my driving test... !)
In November I saw The Band Musical for the first time with my sister and mum and no kidding we booked tickets to see it again a week later. It's THAT amazing. We've also got tickets to see it for the third time in Cardiff in January so I already know my 2018 is getting off to a pretty great start.

And now we're on to December. This month I think has been my favourite. The countdown to Christmas is always a favourite of mine. Working with children it's so lovely to get them excited for Christmas and decorate the nursery. This christmas was so lovely as well, we all piled round my Auntie's house to have dinner together and spend the evening with everyone. There was 10 of us in total and it was so special. My family are the most important thing to me and spending time with them all playing jenga and wearing Christmas hats is my idea of perfect.
December also saw me pass my driving test (woooop!!) I passed the second time with 3 faults and I am SO relieved. I want to do a whole post about my experience on learning to drive because it was such a big deal to me that hopefully I can help someone who is in the same boat as I was.
So all in all this year has been pretty great. It's been filled with family which is the BEST as my family are pretty damn fab. This year has been filled with so many happy moments and memories as well which is exactly what I wanted after last year. So yeah, I'm very happy with this year and hoping 2018 will be just as good.



Friday, 15 December 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Contour & Highlight Wands

It's not often that I find a new beauty product that I instantly fall in love with and use every single day but would you believe it I've actually discovered two (!!) Yes yes they're pretty similar and both from Charlotte Tilbury which by the way is my faaave brand at the moment but they're both SO good I just had to write about them.
I first discovered the Charlotte Tilbury Contour & Highlight wands a few months ago now and I would lying if I didn't say I haven't used them every single day since. They're just that good !!
I find they're best used v v lightly at first for a natural look as then you can always add more if you need too. I blend the contour wand out with any buffing crush I have to hand (normally the RT Powder Bleu Soft Complexion Brush) and the highlight wand with my Zoeva 110.
Both products are soooo creamy without being to tacky or sticky making them an absolute dream to blend and work with. The contour wand (mine is light to medium) is completely matte and the perfect shade to contour with whilst the highlight wand is a shimmery champagne/rose gold toned dream.
For an evening look I tend to add the bronzer from the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow over the top but for everyday I find these on their own are just perfect and 100% worth the money.


Monday, 11 December 2017

5 Last Minute Stocking Fillers

I'm going to say what everyone's thinking, how the heck is it halfway through December already !! It's so so crazy to think it's Christmas is less than two weeks. Hopefully by now you have most of your christmas shopping done (unlike me who's constantly online shopping buying more and more gifts) but I thought I would share 5 quick, easy and last minute ideas that suit everybody. They are all perfect for a secret Santa, stocking filler or just a 'one more little thing' type of present.

I use my tangle teezer every single day and I'm pretty sure most people own one so the limited edition (exclusive to Avon) tangle teezer in rose gold is perfect if you know someone like me. It's £9.99 so you can't really go wrong! It's sparkly and rose gold... what more could you want!?
I find one fool proof gift is definitely a phone case because you can never have enough of them! For more of a special treat you could buy one from higher priced brands like skinny dip (which are also sometimes on offer in home sense if you're lucky to find them !!) but a cheaper one also makes for a great little stocking filler. 
A present that would suit absolutely everyone is definitely a mug. This fox one from John Lewis is already wrapped up and under my tree waiting to be given to my nan!! You can literally get them in any shop ranging from cheap to higher end, you can't really go wrong. Definitely a great last minute buy.
For me I always love when I receive random bits and bobs in my stocking and this book is perfect for just that. It may seem a bit jokey but it's actually really interesting and has some really helpful photography tips! It makes it great for someone you know who has an interest in Instagram or photography (maybe a blogger you know!) 
And finally, what's a stocking without a bobble hat! I haven't stopped wearing this burgundy one from topshop at all and I have so many more colours too. You can get them in so many shops and again, no one can really have enough!
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