Feeling pretty WHIMSICAL (I love TOPSHOP lipstick)

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I thought as it’s getting all sunny and lovely that I’d purchase a new summery lipstick. I absolutely love Topshop matte lipstick. I’ve had a bright pink colour for ages and it is my favourite lipstick ever. So I thought I’d try Whimsical, which is a coral-y peachy kind of colour.

I was a bit worried that it would come out really orange on my lips but it was quite subtle and as I’ve been doing a little cheeky fake tanning lately, it looked great with a bit of a bronze glow! I went out for drinks with my friends and was drinking wine all night (it was Friday!) and it stayed on really well. I only reapplied once, but it wasn’t really needed, I think I was just overexcited about the new lipstick! hehe.

It’s such a nice summer coral colour and looks really cool with the matte effect on your lips. I also really like the Topshop tubes – I think they’re a really cute design.

So I’m definitely feeling WHIMSICAL!

Peace love and summer vibes x

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The final effect! ^

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How to get really BIG lashes (with one of the cheapest mascaras)

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I personally don’t think you need to spend a lot to get good mascara. I also think that depending on your lashes, different mascaras suit different eyes. Having searched high and low for the mascara that will maximise my eyelashes, I feel that Maybelline really hits the nail on the head. Because I have fairly long lashes, I like mascaras with fairly big brushes. Maybelline’s Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black is AMAZING. Unlike lots of new high street mascaras being brought out at the moment with new innovative brushes being sold at £8 or £9 (which I am ever so slightly sceptical about) this mascara is ONLY £6.99! And the brush is just lovely and big perfect for huge eyelashes.

I normally start by coating the tops of the lashes to ensure that they are completely covered, especially when wearing eyeshadow powder that may drop down on to the lashes. Next, take your brush to the roots of your lashes and shake the brush gently to get a nice thick effect at the base of the eyelashes. then brush upwards a few times. Make sure you brush outwards as well to get the lashes in the corner of the eyes. – I personally think this makes the eyes look really pretty. Leave each eye for about 10 seconds then do a quick second coat, but not too much because you don’t want clumpy eyelashes!

If you want a gorgeous huge eyelash effect – I highly recommend. And why not for only £6.99!

Peace and love and huge lashes x

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SPRING

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The prettiest season is here and blossoming beautifully! 

Spring is one of my favourite seasons because…

As the temperature heats up, people begin to crawl out from their Winter hibernation and hit the hills and the beer gardens.

Spring also means that Summer is on its way, which makes me extremely happy because after a cold Winter, all I want is a big beam of sunlight shining in my face. Bliss.

Spring is the beginning of festival season, when people come together, dance to great music and drink Cider.

Spring lifts everyone’s moods because sunlight is good for us, but it is not too hot that we can’t adjust (…well we can, but us Brits do love a moan!)

THE BEST OF THE FLOWERS ARE AROUND US. Wow. I have seen some beauties over the past couple of days and these were just in friends’ gardens.

So enjoy it and go outside!

Peace and love and Spring x

Too Faced Cocoa Contour… So good I could eat it!

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I was lucky enough to win an Instagram competition the other day with Roses Beauty Store and the prize was the Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette (£29) (Thanks Roses Beauty Store!!) Now, this palette is just amazing. The gold and brown packaging actually looks like a chocolate bar so already, as a self confessed chocoholic, I am drawn to it. It actually smells like chocolate. To be honest, it had already sold itself to me before I’d even applied any of the makeup. It smells so dreamy. I actually sat there sniffing it for a while!

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So, it has four colours and a handy little book that tells you exactly how to contour different looks. It will expand your makeup horizons, trust me! The four colours are light cocoa, medium cocoa, dark cocoa and pop of light. It comes with its own little brush for application and blending. The brush is the perfect size for application as it isn’t too big and has a really soft texture. I would say that if you do not usually contour, this is a perfect beginner’s palette!
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So, the first picture as you can see, I am completely bare-faced as I wanted to show what my face looks like with no makeup on at all so you can see its shape. Then I applied a base using YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation (which really is the most gorgeous foundation in the world). The next picture shows what my face looked like before I blended the colours. I only applied it on one side of the face so you can see how it compares to the other side. I then applied it to the other side and blended. As you can see, it really gives cheekbone definition – the creamy highlighter does literally add a “pop of light” to the bones of the cheeks and the cocoas create the contour.

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The next photos just show how it looked when I added mascara and a pop of colour to my lips.

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This was quite a daytime look, however the colour variety in the palette gives you the option of going for a more dramatic contour for an evening. It’s such a lovely palette and it smells so gorgeous that you can literally just play around with it until you discover what looks best on your face shape. Huge thumbs up from me. Almost edible!!! Peace and Love and Contouring x 11136806_10152952548468264_1607989248_n11148994_10152952548168264_1986041326_n

Chanel Mademoiselle VS. My Burberry

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Both gorgeous luxury brands, both gorgeous bottles… but which to choose?

My favourite perfume of all time, is Chanel – Chance. But it is my summer choice, so I’m going to hold out buying it until it reaches at least May! (My birthday is also in May so hint hint!) But on my shelf at the moment, I have these two beauties. Firstly, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, which my Mum donated to me after going on Holiday over Easter… Beats an Easter egg hands down so thanks Mum!
And secondly, Burberry – My Burberry, which was given to me for Christmas by my lovely boyfriend.

To start with, the packaging. If you’re like me and like to carry a perfume round in your handbag, then the Coco Mademoiselle is the more transportable option. My Burberry has a fairly large top to it, and the bottle is a bit more chunky in general.

Coco Mademoiselle: 1
My Burberry: 0

However, I am a bit in love with the classic and elegant appearance of My Burberry. The trench coat-styled lid and the taupe ribbon looks so classy and it’s the kind of perfume that looks like a bit of a treasure with it’s gold swirly writing.

However, not a great deal can beat Chanel’s classic bottle – appealing to a possibly younger lover of pink gorgeousness!

Coco Mademoiselle: 1 ?
My Burberry: 1

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I absolutely love the smell of My Burberry, and was completely won over by the Cara Delevingne/Kate Moss advert, despite being a Marketing student! However, it is quite a heavy scent and I would say that it is more an evening perfume than one for the day. It is a deep floral smell that was created to capture a British image, with it’s stylised trench coat top. It has good staying power, lasting for 6 hours I’d say before fading.

Coco Mademoiselle is a lot lighter and more subtle – an easier wear in the day time I find. I am a bit of a sucker for sweeter, lighter perfumes so I find this one suits me better I think. I feel like it is a younger perfume than the My Burberry. With jasmine and rose undertones, it is light and girly. I find that Coco Mademoiselle is has slightly less staying power, but I tend to carry the cute little bottle around with me!

Coco Mademoiselle: 1
My Burberry: 1

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Price: (At Boots, because that’s where I tend to purchase my perfume)

£67.50 – 50ml – Coco Mademoiselle
£65.00 – 50ml – My Burberry

Coco Mademoiselle: 0
My Burberry: 1

So all in all, they are both TOP NOTCH fragrances, and I cannot really fault either, because I am madly in love with both. Personally, Coco Mademoiselle is more of my day scent and My Burberry is for an evening, but which ever you choose, you will smell delicious!

Which one do you prefer?

Peace and love and perfume x

Urban Outfitters Dreamy Playsuit

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Style of the day…

Finally, the sun is here! This week has been gorgeous on the weather front, which makes me very excited to crack out the summer wardrobe! As you can see, I’ve recently had a balayage on my hair – blonder for summer! And I love it. Because I’ve got dark features, the roots match my face, but the softer lighter ends make it so much more summery looking.

I love this playsuit I bought from Urban Outfitters, by Silence + Noise (£39). I bought it a while ago and wore it with tights and boots, but now the sun is shining, it looks great with bear legs! It’s plain, so can easily be glammed up with jewellery to make an impact, but can also be worn casually. The style of the back is slightly drapey and crosses over to show a bit of skin. It’s so versatile, you can literally style it however you fancy.

Also wearing a bag and denim jacket from Topshop and black ankle boots from Primark. Loving denim jackets at the moment!

I’ve braided my hair in a French plait around my face, leading down in to a normal braid – I’m loving experimenting with styles from Pinterest at the moment. My balayage means that you can really see the detail in the styles.

Peace and love and summer style x

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Or even wear it through to the evening with a bit of bright lipstick (Rimmel – Kate Moss is my absolutely fave!)

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A perfect Easter Vitamin D-Detox that you will not forget!

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After a weekend of a fair amount of chocolate and unhealthy bits and bobs, a detox was much needed! But instead of heading to the gym, I thought I’d take advantage of one of the most beautiful days of the year so far and climb a big old hill to burn off a few of the chocolate calories – and it was a great decision!

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Before starting my day, I had a rainbow fruit salad for my breakfast, as I needed some vitamins and colour in my life, before picking up my friend and heading to Hay-on-Wye. It’s such a gorgeous little town and we had a walk round all the shops and lusted over some amazing looking fudge (but carefully resisted!) … However, we may have given in to ice cream temptation at Shepherds – no regrets! I had peanut butter and chocolate and mint choc chip…. Yes, this is still a detox if you’ve seen the size of Hay Bluff (the hill)!

It was such a gorgeous day to be doing it that I didn’t even think about the exercise… I highly recommend a day out walking up a hill if you are lacking fitness inspiration – the views were absolutely incredible. And I must have burned off a few eggs and the ice cream at least!

Vitamin D from the sun can prevent bone abnormalities, brittle bones and can help increase resistance again some diseases. The sunshine is also a mood enhancer, which will lift you out of your easter chocolate coma!

Peace and Love and Sunshine x