Sunday, 26 July 2015



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copper lamp
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Some of my favourite blog posts to read are interior, decor and home style posts. Kate and Cat's beautiful homes are an endless source of inspiration to me and I've been trying to create and improve areas of my own home to give it a light, cosy feel.  

These acrylic Muji drawers are the latest addition to my dressing table and they've made organising and reaching for my make up a dream. For the moment, they're housing some of my most worn lipsticks and Nars products, I'm already planning on getting more for my everyday make up. The smaller acrylic drawers are from Ryman and the lipstick holder is from Tiger.

I bought my Roberts Revival Mini Radio in the January sales, unfortunately the first radio that was delivered was faulty and I had a few issues trying to get a replacement. This one finally arrived last week, the sound quality is great and it's so aesthetically pleasing to look at. On reflection, I wish I had paid a little more and got the bigger original Roberts Revival, it seems a lot better quality and value for your money.

Theres always a pile of glamour magazine's laying around in my flat, I love flicking through them each month whilst snacking on chocolate or strawberries.

The copper lamp is from homebase and one of my favourite ever home decor purchases. It's currently sitting on top of my bookcase with a Diptyque Baies candle and a pretty cat ring dish

Lastly, this soft, herringbone throw from Primark gives a cosy feel to my bed, it's great to snuggle up in on duvet days, along with my mouse slippers and Netflix!

Friday, 24 July 2015


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As it's now just over 6 months since new years, I've been revisiting my new years resolutions and goals that I made at the beginning of the year. I'm so glad that I wrote them down as it lets me look back and remember the drive and inspiration that I had when I wrote them. I've ticked off a few goals already and have a few more to add to the list too.
This is my progress so far:

Listen to more music 
One of the first things that I did this year was to invest in a Roberts Radio. Music has always been quite a big part of my life, I went to stage school and have played instruments from a young age. Last year I stopped even really listening to music that much and so I'm glad I made the decision to change that this year!

Organise my make up
I've recently started to take steps to de-clutter my dressing table, I'm slowly working my way through my make up stash, giving lots away and also selling a few bits on depop. I finally bought some Muji acrylic storage last weekend and have started to rearrange my make up into it, it looks so nice and makes reaching for my make up in the mornings a dream!

Read More
In April I read The Selection by Kiera Cass, it's an enjoyable, easy read that really captured me and completely got me back into reading. I've read quite a few books since, the last of which was The Book Of Life, the last book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, I really enjoyed the series and I'm already looking for my next book to read.

My last few yearly goals like photographing the stars and learning to bake bread well will have to wait for the colder months of the year. With light evenings holding back the moon/stars and swelteringly hot days putting me off the arduous task of kneading dough and having a hot oven heating our home, I'm happy to wait for later in the year to give these a go.

Here's a few more I've added to the list for the rest of the year:

Take more photos.
De-clutter my flat, try to adopt a more minimalistic attitude.
Buy less, better quality things. 
Make time for a new hobby, or pick back up an old one (calligraphy, knitting).
Practise Yoga 3x a week.
Aim to be dairy free at least 80% of the time.

Do you have any mid year goals?

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


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Now that we're nearing the end of July, I've slowly started to incorporate transitional shades into my make up bag. Whilst my most worn lipsticks are still predominantly summery pinks, hints of red will carry me through to August too.

L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Reds Blake: Although more appropriate for the winter months, this matte pure red lipstick is simply stunning and a shade that I've been reaching for all year round. It's the perfect red lipstick that works well with matte eyeshadows, winged liner, shimmery golds and browns and a fresh, dewy complexion. It contains jojoba oil to keep lips soft and lasts well on the lips, see it swatched here.

Revlon Showy Colourburst Matte Balm: This pretty, powder pink lip crayon looks flattering on the lips and has blue undertones to make teeth look whiter. It has a long lasting, pigmented, matte formula which can show up any dryness or imperfections and so it's beneficial to use a good lip scrub and balm before application. See me wearing it here.

Korres Lip Butter Pomegranate: A combination of nourishing ingredients like shea butter and rice wax help to provide deep hydration from this buttery tinted balm, leaving lips soft and nourished. I feel like this is a great July/August shade as it's strawberry and coral tones are still quite summery but it has warmth and depth that start to hint at autumn tones too.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu: A swipe of this long lasting, blue toned pink lipstick instantly freshens up your make up look. I've been wearing this dabbed on and then patted in with my finger to leave a pretty pink stain to my lips, it brightens up my make up and is perfect for gloomy summer days. See it swatched here.

Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick in Fuchsia Flash: This bright, fuchsia pink lipstick is creamy and hydrating thanks to it's nourishing honey nectar formula. It looks incredible paired with a shimmery champagne eyeshadow and tons of mascara, it's also a great alternative to Chanel La Diva for just a fraction of the price, see comparison swatches here.

Which lipsticks are currently on rotation in your make up bag?

Sunday, 19 July 2015


ss 2015
2015 ss
After wearing the same summery make up look for a while now, I decided to scroll through the SS 2015 beauty trends for inspiration and to see whether I could incorporate my favourite S/S looks into my make up routine. Whilst I'm still mainly sticking to warm golds, corals and brights for summer, I've really been enjoying wearing a few of these looks too:

Smudgy Purple Eyes

Seen on the catwalks of Vera Wang and Matthew Williamson, purple eyeshadow was blended all over the lids and often smudged under the lower lash line. The shades ranged from lilac and lavender to smokey grape, this is one of my favourite S/S trends this year.

For a subtle version of this look, Natural Collection eyeshadow in Lilac Shimmer (swatched here) gives a shimmery hint of purple when washed over the lids. MAC Quarry is a muted plum brown that works so well smudged under the lower lashes or blended into the crease for definition (see me wearing it here). Finally, Nars Violetta is the perfect, buttery textured eyeshadow duo for this look as it contains lilac shimmer and smokey lavender tones. See it swatched here.

Matte Red Lips

The make up artists at Burberry and Topshop Unique created beautiful diffused red lips for S/S 2015. I love the technique of patting or dabbing a small amount of lipstick onto your lips to leave a long lasting matte stain. This works well paired with a fresh summer base and dewy skin.

For a fuss free version of this look, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella creates the perfect red stain when applied lightly to the lips. Mac RiRi Woo (similar here) or Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Stiletto are also great for achieving this look. Just a small amount applied to the lips and blotted slightly gives a blood-red, matte stain to the lips.

High Shine

Complexions were left dewy at Donna Karen and Marc Jacobs and highlighter was applied liberally to the skin giving a radiant, illuminating glow.

Brushed over the tops of your cheekbones, on the brow bone and on the cupids bow, a golden champagne highlighter like Mac Soft and Gentle gives an effortless, luminous glow to the skin (worn here). For a cream based highlighter, Topshop Glow highlighters are beautifully iridescent and give an almost ethereal glow to the skin. Topshop Glow in Gleam is a beautiful rose gold cream highlighter, see me wearing Topshop Glow in Polish here.

Which is your favourite trend?


Friday, 17 July 2015


Monday: Finding the perfect pair of soft, fluffy slippers. Whilst venturing out in the rain to pick up some essentials, I spotted these adorable mouse slippers in Asda. Needless to say I popped them straight in my basket, I've been wearing them every day since!

Tuesday: Taking advantage of another cosy, rainy day to bake a cinnamon spiced carrot cake. Fresh from the oven I poked a few holes in it before drizzling warm honey on top, It filled our flat with the most incredible smell and was utterly divine.

Wednesday: Feeling a little excited for autumn, I know it's quite early but I can't wait for colourful leaves, berry lips, scarves, candles and hot chocolates!

Thursday: A day of exciting deliveries! I had my third Roberts Radio delivered (fingers crossed this one isn't faulty!) and the loveliest little cat ring dish with gold detailing from The Pottery Lodge. It's perfect for storing my engagement ring!

Friday/The Weekend: I have little plans for this weekend which I'm actually really happy about. I may pop back to Asda to hunt for this beautiful copper jug and for their £4 peonies but otherwise a lazy weekend in with my duvet and Netflix is just what I need. 

cat ring dish

What made you happy this week?
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