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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Update // Life, Blogging, etc.

Well, haven't done one of these in a while ... that's apparent. So if you are reading this you may be wondering as to why I am deciding to do a post now, 5 months later. To be quite frank I just got really burnt out on blogging.

With all of the competition out there I felt like quantity was more important than quality and that it didn't really matter what I wrote as opposed to how many followers I had or how many times I tweeted and promoted myself. It just seemed that there was always this fight for blogger's to get free stuff, get invited to events, etc. I lost the whole point in blogging, which was an outlet. When I started blogging I was going through a very hard time and I devoted all of my time and energy into my blog while my university work sat on the back burner. I loved taking photos and I still to this day pride myself with my photographs I took. But, university started to catch up with me and considering it was my third and final year I had to kick my butt into gear (even though I wrote my dissertation in a week, but that doesn't matter haha).
While I was doing the whole university thing I slowly became disinterested in blogging due to the above reasons. Blogging was a creative release for me and it really helped me when I was going through a dark time. Don't get me wrong I still LOVE beauty, makeup, skincare, hair, etc. I just don't feel the desire to blog as I once did.

So what now?

I have now finished university completely and managed to snag a 1:1, who would've thought?! Since university came to an end so did my visa which caused a lot of stress and worry. I attempted to look for jobs that would support a working visa but no luck. During this whole process with finishing uni until now I managed to find myself a cute boyfriend. So all of this was a lot! With a lot of moving suitcases back and forth from mine to my boyfriend's house all the way across London I moved all of my stuff out of my old flat into his. I wish I could say that we are in the same city, but due to visa regulations I had to go back home.
Texas is what I call "home" at the moment. My parent's have their retirement house here and to be honest it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I found myself a job in the first week and I am moving back to London end of December for sure!

I feel like my life has been a whirlwind and suitcases are the epitome of my life haha. I know everything will be fine but I did want to address as to why I have stopped blogging and where I am now. I am gong to post some pictures from the past couple of months and adventures I have been on, enjoy!

Anyone else feel the same way about blogging?


Greenwich Park with the boy

Greenwich Park

On the way to Bristol

Bristol

Bourton On the Water

Shoreditch / 35mm Film Photography

Shoreditch / 35mm Film Photography

SouthBank / 35mm Film Photography

Camden Lock / 35mm Film Photography

Skateboard Graveyard / 35mm Film Photography


Piccadilly Circus / 35mm Film Photography

Hammersmith / 35mm Film Photography

Hammersmith Bridge / 35mm Film Photography

New Tattoo - Octophant

Rooftop Cinema Club - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Duck & Waffle

Primrose Hill



Monday, 21 April 2014

Birthday // Kitty's, Beer & Chinese


Thursday was my birthday and I turned 23 ... now to me I feel old, I swear the other day I just turned 16. Anyways, I went with my friend to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium and had tea and cakes and enjoyed the kitties. We then walked around Shoreditch and stopped off at BrewDog and had a couple of drinks (love craft beer). After, we went to Baker Street and went to one of my favourite restaurants ever called Royal China Dim Sum. Hands down this is the best, authentic Chinese place I've ever eaten. They usually have queues out the door on the weekends, now that's how you know it's good. We were completely stuffed and decided to walk it off and head to Regent's Park. It was a lovely day and I had a great birthday! I have posted some photos below if you fancy a look.






 






OOTD: Sunglasses - ASOS, Coat - TopShop, Shirt - NewLook, Necklace - Ebay, Jeans - Levi, Handbag - Michael Kors
Boots - Office


What do you think of the purple hair? Would you go to a cat cafe? 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Tag // Drugstore Diva

One of my favourite blogger's Ugne, from Uggynog tagged me to do the Drugstore Makeup Tag and I was more than honoured to do this as I always love reading what other blogger's favs are from the high street. The tag is divided up into 10 different categories and I highly recommend you check out Ugne's post here to see what products she's loving.

Foundation // This tag would NOT be complete without mentioning Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation as it is a hit amongst beauty bloggers. To be honest I was unsure about this, but when I tried it I instantly fell in love. Gives you that radiance boost you need without looking to overdone. I have also been loving my Lioele BB Cream recently. I know it's a BB Cream but for me and my needs I wear it as a foundation and looks absolutely flawless, plus has SPF 30 in it.

Concealer // I find it really hard to find a good concealer, but for the past couple of months I have been using SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint. It is a heavy duty concealer great for those pesky under eye circle and I also use it sparingly on blemishes/ imperfections I have. For me it covers them really well and stays on all day, I can't fault it one bit.

Powder // Since I have oily skin I have to use a good powder to set my makeup otherwise it will be half way down my face in 30 minutes. Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot is my go-to powder. It tames my oiliness and is great for touch-ups without leaving that cakey look. It's pretty lightweight and I like using my powder brush to swirl it all over my face and set my foundation and concealer.  Another product that can be considered a highlight or powder is Bourjois Java Rice Powder. This is a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Light but doesn't cost near as much. I sometimes use this all over or on the tops of my cheeks, depends on my mood. It's very finely milled powder and leaves a radiant glow.

Bronzer // I am a redhead and very pale, so bronzer is out of the question for me. I've tried many from high-street to high end and they make me look orange and leave an unnatural finish. I don't tan at all, I just go red so I still haven't managed to find one that looks good on me, yet.

Blush // I have broken the rules ... I actually don't own any high- street blushers. Shame on me, I know. Even though it's a bit high-end I really love MAC Fleur Power. Such a springy pink colour that looks good on any complexion. You only need a small amount to give you that flushed look.

Highlighter // I've recently been getting into highlighters and my favourite so far is SEVENTEEN Skin Wow! 3 Way Highlighter. I like mixing this with my moisturiser before I apply my foundation as it gives me an even coverage and doesn't clump in one spot. I tried using it after my foundation on top of my cheek bones but I felt that it looked too shimmery. Also, I tend to use Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer as a highlighter since the coverage isn't great as a concealer but amazing for a highlighter. It looks lovely under your eyes, bridge of nose and cupids bow. 

Eyeshadow // The Collection Work The Colour Eye Palette (Nude) has been my go-to palette lately. I love browns and neutral colours, boring I know. I love all of the colours and different eye looks I can create for day or nighttime. It also comes with a cream highlighter which I use to highlight my brow bone for a nighttime look. Overall this palette is great to throw in your bag when on the go and it only costs £3 which is a bargain.

Eyeliner // Lately I haven't been lining my eyes as much with a liner, instead I'll use a shadow from the Collection palette mentioned above and smudge it on my lower lash line to give some definition. If I'm going out at night or have more time on my hands I'll use SEVENTEEN Lacquer Liner and this liner is amazing. I love the brush as it's not too flexible or rigid and it's fairly easy to work with coming from an eyeliner newb here. Best part is it lasts all day and doesn't have that grey looking effect after wearing it for a couple of hours, it stays black until you take it off.

Mascara // The best high street mascara I have found is Barry M Lash Vegas, which in my opinion is pretty similar to Benefit's They're Real! I already have long lashes but this mascara separates and lengthens my lashes giving them that full look. I also love it because it doesn't get clumpy or have give you panda eyes at the end of the day. 

Lipstick // Since spring is here I've been wearing glosses rather than lipsticks. I always have my trusty Burt's Bees Lip Balm in hand as my lips get chapped really easily. I also have been reaching for Tanya Burr's lipgloss Picnic in the Park. This is such a gorgeous shade for spring/ summertime and is really moisturising. I'm not a massive lipgloss fan but it doesn't have that sticky feeling and the colour lasts for a long time. I am absolutely smitten with it at the moment.

These are all my favourite high-street products that I've been loving lately & I decided to tag these lovely ladies!

Zerina // TheBelleAdventures 
Alexandra // The A Style
Charlotte // Charlotte Louise
Catherine // Catherine Loves

This tag is open to all of you lovelies as well, so feel free to do it and tag me so I can see what your favs are!

Do we like any of the same products? Any suggestions for a good bronzer for a pale redhead?


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review // Your Tea Tiny Tea*

I know I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks, but I have had so much going on with university work and my personal life that my blog has been on the back burner. I thought I would put up my review of Tiny Tea by Your Tea that was sent to me to be reviewed.

I've seen a couple of bloggers review this and I was so happy that I was able to try the 14 day teatox! When Tiny Tea contacted me to review this tea I was ecstatic and super thrilled. I've always wanted to try a proper detoxifying tea and I read really good reviews about this product so I thought what the heck?!

You drink the tea 30 mins prior to eating or after 2-3 times a day (depends if you feel like you are too energetic). I drank it 3x a day and stuck to a pretty healthy diet to reap the full effects and benefits of the tea. I also didn't drink alcohol, limited my caffeine intake and drank a lot of water as it is recommended to do so.


























Now I am an avid tea drinker and love almost every tea, so when people said this tasted really earthy I just thought it would be similar to green tea. Boy ... I was wrong! The only downside to the tea is the taste. It tastes, pretty damn bad, but you get used to it. It has a bit of a dirt taste and tastes like pond water if I'm honest.

Don't let the taste put you off as the benefits/ effects from this tea are unreal! I was really skeptical but it reduced the bloating around my stomach area significantly, I was actually in shock. My skin has never been better, it's super radiant and cleared up immensely. Oh and did I mention I am a coffee addict? During the 2 weeks I didn't drink coffee in the morning because this tea gave me a massive energy boost, I don't think I've ever felt better to be honest. The tea also kind of helped me, psychologically to get in the mind set of eating better, exercising and just being healthier. I did mild exercise while on the tea and saw results and ate a lot healthier. I would highly recommend this tea to anyone that is wanting to do a detox and become healthier.


I'm now going to be ordering their Anti-C tea (anti cellulite tea) which is to obviously help reduce cellulite and increase blood flow. They recommend doing this after one 14 day teatox at least. If you're interested in seeing what tea's they offer then check out Your Tea here.

Have you partook in any kind of tea detox? What did you think and how did you feel after it?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Recipe // Blackened Chicken or Quorn with Lime Quinoa


























I myself have been on a bit of a health kick recently and look forward to making healthy meals that are tasty and don't take a lot of time. Quinoa is packed with protein and also known as a "superfood" as it contains all nine amino acids. Instead of rice try this out instead as it makes you feel full for longer as well.
This recipe is for vegetarians AND meat lover's as you can substitute the chicken for Quorn fillets like I did. I'm not a vegetarian but sometimes it's nice to mix it up every now and again. Now on to what you need!

Ingredients
- 2 Quorn fillets or 1 Chicken Breast
- 200ml of Chicken Stock
- 40g of Quinoa
¼ Teaspoon of Salt
¼ Teaspoon of Pepper
¼ Teaspoon of Cumin
¼ Teaspoon of Garlic Granules
¼ Teaspoon of Onion Granules
¼ Teaspoon of Chilli Powder
- Guacamole
- Olive Oil
- Juice of half a lime
- Coriander (Optional)

Method
1. Combine all of the spices together in a bowl and make sure they are all mixed up. Then season both sides of the Quorn fillets or chicken breast.
2. Heat up your skillet and add a dash of olive oil, and let it heat up for about a minute on a low to medium heat. Add the Quorn or chicken to the skillet and cook for around 7 minutes on each side.
3. Add the chicken stock and quinoa to a medium sized pan and bring to a boil and the let it simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes, or until all the stock has been absorbed.
4. When the Quorn or chicken is done take them out of the skillet and let them cool off for a couple of minutes.
5. When the quinoa is done squeeze the juice of half a lime to it and coriander if you want and give it a good stir.
6. Place the quinoa on a plate, add the Quorn or chicken breast and top it off with a bit of guacamole!

Feel free to change this recipe to your liking. What are you favourite healthy recipes? 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Mini Haul // Soap & Glory 3 for 2

First off, if you have resisted the Boots 3 for 2 then I envy your willpower! But I'm sure most of us beauty bloggers jumped on that like no one's business. BUT, I deserve some kind of treat ... I think as I only bought 3 things, well technically two and didn't go crazy. It was hard but I actually was running out of some products and needed to restock them so this actually wasn't an impulse buy for me.
All of the products I bought are from Soap & Glory and I've had a crazy obsession with this brand recently ever since I purchased the Sugar Crush Body Wash, which if you haven't purchased it already you should definitely go and get it!


The Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot is a product I haven't heard much about and since my Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder shattered and was unsalvageable I decided to buy this even though it was £12! I'm a sucker for packaging and couldn't not buy it considering how cute it is. Now with a bit of a hefty price I expected miracles and honestly this beats my Rimmel powder by far! It really has tamed my oiliness and I love dusting it all over just to set my foundation and keep it in place. It's also great for throwing in your bag if you need to touch up during the day.


First Soap & Glory product I tried was their Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub and I absolutely fell in love with it so it came to no surprise that I had to purchase the Sugar Crush Body Scrub since I was already smitten with the body wash. Containing brown sugar, sweet lime, macadamia grains and olive oil this body scrub is a treat. To me it smells like sherbet ice cream and it really buffs away dead skin and leaves you feeling super moisturised. Since spring is around the corner, this is great to buff on those legs to make sure they are in tip top condition for those beautiful summer dresses.



The last item I purchased was a moisturiser, since I was running out of my old one. I opted for Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Lotion, gosh such a mouthful. Now. I'm funny with moisturisers as I need something that's mattifying to tame my oily mess of a face. This moisturiser is for oily skin and reduces the appearance of pores and redness. As you can see from the photo above the moisturiser is green and it counteracts the redness in my skin to make it less noticeable. I actually have fallen in love with this moisturiser and has probably been my favourite that I've ever used. I can't fault this one bit as it soaks into my skin and does not leave me feeling like a grease ball.

All of the products I purchased I highly recommend to anyone wanting to try Soap & Glory products, I know I will be purchasing more from their skincare range as I feel it is really good quality and I can't fault it one bit!

Have you tried any Soap & Glory skincare products? Have any recommendations? 


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Favourites // February

Surprisingly enough I actually don't have many beauty favourites this month, shocker I know. I've been trying to limit myself to buying beauty products for this month and I wouldn't say it has "failed" but I find it so hard to resist offers, or is that just me? But, I've been really into my skincare this month that I haven't experimented with a whole array of products but I have found some really great keepers that's for sure!

This KIKO Mat Base Corrector Primer was a gift from Lucie for our Valentine's Day Box Swap and since then I have been using it everyday religiously. AS I've said a million time my nose is the oiliest thing in the world, you could literally fry an egg on it. I've been looking and using loads of primers and nothing has worked until I started using this. Now, it doesn't make you shine free ALL day but 75% of the day it does which is a BIG thing to me and something I've never found in any other primer. A little goes a long way and I only use it on my nose area. Such a great primer that I will keep repurchasing over and over again.

Now I'm not going to talk much on the Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask because everyone goes on and has done a blog post and raved about it. I actually purchased this off of a blog sale for £2 and it was only used once so I was pretty damn happy I didn't have to pay the full-price for this. I have been using it twice a week and I actually feel like this is a mask that REALLY works. My skin has been acting up recently and I feel like this mask is harsh yet gentle enough to get rid of impurities and toxins in your skin. Just leave in on for 10 minutes 2x a week and boom! Plus, I really love the small and I think this is better than the Origins Clear Improvement Mask.

Another primer I've been using daily is the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, I've already done a  full review about it that you can read here. As with most good quality primers a little goes along way and I love that this doesn't feel like you have anything on your skin even though it is quite thick. If you want to hide those enlarged pores and smooth over imperfections than this is a must have.

I mentioned the Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow (Topaz) in my November Favourites, but I have recently come back to this as I was obsessed with my MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork for ages. I have come back to this as I am loving champagne colours this month and I love wearing this on its own or as a base paired with my KIKO Colour Impact Eyeshadow Palette in Lounge Warm Tones. These two together are my perfect duo for this month. With the Smashbox shadow as a base and using my KIKO palette they are just lush together! The KIKO eyeshadow palette is also great because it is so versatile, it can take you from a day time look to night time in no time!


Film - About Time
Book - Rivers of London
T.V Show - My Mad Fat Diary
Artist - Iggy Azalea

What are your February favourites? What is your favourite eye combo?