18 October 2016

A Little Autumn Fashion Wishlist

Autumn is the time of year we start to cosy up in blankets, wear baggy knitted jumpers and Starbucks make a fortune out of their much loved PSL, I'd rather stick to tea though. My wardrobe does need a little refresh this Autumn as my taste has changed and I can't stay away from dark colours, is it even possible to own enough black?

Block Print Scarf  - Here
I never think about purchasing scarfs even though they're practically an essential. A trio of colours  makes this one easy to co-ordinate with any outfit.

Black Sweatshirt With Lacing - Here
The lace detailing makes this sweatshirt a little more interesting. I feel like I have to have this.

MOTO Fall Floral Embroidered Mom Jeans - Here
Although MOM jeans aren't my style, these ones are gorgeous with the floral embroidery.

Black Over-The-Knee Block Heel Boots - Here
This year I'm pretty sure I want to find a pair of over-the-knee boots though I'm not sure I have the legs to pull them off. Doesn't hurt to want these though!

Black Cuffed Lace Up Boots - Here
These boots aren't over-the-knee but they are definitely the style I would wear without question. They're perfect for keeping your feet warm and keeping you steady when it's a little icy outside.

Red Checked Flannel Shirt - Here
The perfect piece of clothing for layering up in the colder weather and the burgundy red screams Autumn.

Black Cable-Knit Hat Here
I can't resist a beanie with a bobble but I don't actually own a black one so this one has easily made it's way onto my list.

Blush Clean Hoodie - Here
I am in love with anything blush pink and I also really need some hoodies so this goes hand in hand really.

What pieces of clothing can you not live without when the cold air starts to come around?

19 September 2016

Things I Didn't Expect From Ending A Long Term Relationship

I ended my three year relationship back in June and it has really tested me as a person so whats a better thing to do than write a blog post about the things I didn't expect from ending a relationship? This is one of those posts I could not resist writing even though I know there will be people I know in real life, who are friends with my ex reading this (point #2). 

You'll still get upset even though it was your choice.
It's very easy to assume that because you did the dumping for the purpose of your happiness that you will be just that - happy. It's like being on a roller coaster of emotions because you know it's the right thing to do in the long run but you feel like your throwing years of memories and feelings down the drain. I got very upset in the beginning because I found the situation new and overwhelming, I didn't want to hurt him but I wanted to do the right thing by me and being the cause of someone else's pain is bloody awful.

Everyone will do their best to get involved even if they say 'it's nothing to do with me'.
You'll get the people that are telling you the usual spiel of how everything will work out, you will  have the people telling you that you're an idiot (usually behind your back), you'll get the people running to your ex-partner telling them your every move and people even making up rumours. This was the biggest deal for me, especially as it was a workplace relationship so every colleague seemed to form their own opinion as if they were a third-party, like seriously please fuck off.

I am thankful for the handful of people I can call friends that were an constant open ear for when I needed to rant or cry but stayed completely uninvolved.

You'll see a different side to your ex-partner.
This is one of those things that can sound super bitchy but when you've been in a (good) relationship with someone for years, you've seen the side of that person that is your friend and when it's over, that friendship is unfortunately changed, or in most cases completely gone and you see a side to your ex that isn't all that nice. I had hoped to be lucky as we always said 'we'd stay friends; if we ever broke up' but in reality that just didn't work out - we went from him ignoring me, to being civil, to being friends to then being just civil again and now we're back to him ignoring me, like I said earlier it's a complete roller coaster. You always have to understand things from the your ex's point of view, just because your happy now doesn't mean they are or can be anytime soon, so instead they will just try to show you and everyone else that you're just a bitch.

Entering the single world is fun and scary.
I was very excited to be single and have some freedom, to be able to just live my life and not worry about relationships and I don't mean to go around and have lots of sex - although I have been advised to make the most of my young years and do just that. I think when you've been tied down to the same person for years and you get to a point where you don't want that relationship anymore it's kind of like being stuck, so when you're unstuck it feels wonderful.

The scary part however is not knowing what to expect, worrying how long you should wait till you date someone and for me it was worrying about my ex hearing things - turns out I was right to worry because as soon as he heard I got with someone else things went pretty nasty. hence us not even being civil now!

10 September 2016

Current Beauty Favourites #4

When it comes to foundation I have been using Rimmel Match Perfection for years. so I decided step out my comfort zone and give something new a try, that new choice ended up being L'Oreal Infallible 24HR Foundation and I am so happy with my choice. I chose the shade porcelain and surprisingly it's a little darker in comparison to other porcelain products which allowed it to be the perfect match for my skin tone so it was already in my good books. It's a medium-high coverage foundation with a slightly dewy finish and I have found that it truly lasts all day. I decided to pair it with the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Primer as I was in need of a new base and surprise surprise this has also landed it's way into my favourites, a little goes along way with this primer as it smooths over bare skin easily and allows your foundation to be applied smoothly, though it's not necessarily a primer for filling pores or adding coverage it's definitely encourages your makeup to stay put a little longer.

Body mists have become part of my daily routine when it comes to getting ready in the morning especially as I now own each Zoella Beauty mist. I have currently been using the Lets Spritz as it's light fruity fragrance is perfect for the summer season, it's a scent I can't get enough of.

The first Make Up Revolution product I used was the Peach Lights Highlighter and I fell in love with that back on my second beauty favourites post, now I have fallen in love with their Iconic Lipsticks especially the shade Looking Ahead (The picture on the Superdrug one isn't correct) it's a gorgeous deep berry shade that I have been wearing on a frequent basis, it's turned into the lip shade I go for when I have no idea what one to wear. It's creamy to apply and doesn't dry out the lips at all which for the bargain price of £2.49 is surprising.

I have been obsessed with NYX products since they were launched into Boots stores so of course there's a few of their products in my current favourites. I did a full review of their Soft Matte Lip Creams a short while ago, but the shade I am obsessed with is definitely Cannes as it's such a wearable nude pink. Another NYX product I have been loving is the Tinted Brow Mascara, a product I have been eager to use to give my brows a little life and encourage them to stay where they are, it definitely does both of those things. Another NYX lip product is the Jumbo Lip Pencil in the shade Honey Nectar, another gorgeous pink that is sheer and very moisturising. I love the jumbo pencils as they're really creamy and quick and easy to apply, the perfect lip product to have in your handbag.

So there we have it, a few new favourites. Read about my last selection here.


08 September 2016

Fresh Thoughts

Fresh air, sea breeze, sandy feet and a beautiful sunset.. the perfect ingredients for an empty, calm mind.

So here I am with an urge to write a blog post, I have admittedly had a few of these urges but as soon as I start typing I lose the will to write and lose the patience to wait for some sort of inspiration to pop in my head. Part of me wants to talk about where my mind has been- or in someways hasn't been because it really is doing it's own thing these days.. but there's plenty of time for that, for now I just want to blog about nice things and stop letting the negativity entrap me.

I do really want to blog, I want to be apart of the community that I love and I definitely don't want to give this all up when I have got this far. I have been very lucky to have a couple of wonderful guest posts to show some form of  life on here but since then I have still been miles away from blogging myself. Here I am however, writing my second blog post of the night, though of course this will be posted first as the mark of new things to come.

Any advice would be most appreciated!

16 August 2016

Guest Post: How To Detoxify Your Summer Routine

With the summer at our fingertips, it is safe to say we’re in for one overwhelmingly hot and dry bronze run. While it’s absolutely understood you’ve been taking care of your skin throughout the year and that you’ll continue doing so during summer, we wanted to give you a few insights and tips on some fresh ways to upgrade your summer beauty routine for the healthiest bronze results. Who wants to get stuck with the already chewed-out advice like “use sunscreen”, right? Of course you’ll be using sunscreen, duh!

With the natural wave getting pretty out there, we have brainstormed through some of the best natural ways to get our skin protected yet give it the proper summer boost it craves for.
Here’s what we’ve got for you.

Keep your pout moisturized

The sun’s rays are drying on the delicate lip tissue which may cause very uncomfortable burns. Plus, no one likes the sight of a chipped lip, right? Another thing us ladies don’t like about it is how much the chipped areas tend to hurt (not to mention the difficulties of applying lipstick evenly)! To avoid the lip drama, make sure you use a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 (at least) and whenever outdoors – reapply regularly. Make it a habit, especially when you are at the beach, tanning.

Cool your face and body off

When you’re going for long walks during the day, you’ll catch the midnight sun which may leave you with burns and brown freckles. We know you’ll be using sunscreen for protection but what you should also start using is a potion in your own making – make ice tea with chamomile or any other tea you like, freeze it (no sugar or anything) and then bring it out with you when you’re going for a walk. Spray it on your face and chest (and other uncovered areas) from time to time, to keep the skin moist. You can also spritz it on the scalp if you aren’t wearing a hat. If you don’t want to make your own, buy an already finished product like The African Red Tea Face Mist – we know Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger love it.

Use just natural products

Normally, we’d tell you to avoid all sorts of makeup or beauty products during the summer and let the skin breathe; however, we very well know you’ll have events and clubbing and what-nots, so you’ll want to look nourished and pretty. Thankfully, we’ve got brands that create products with all natural ingredients that aren’t damaging for the skin at all. We love Thalgo cosmetics which is inspired by thalassotherapy, spa treatments that use real seawater and seaweed to effectively treat a range of conditions from skin problems, and plus – it feels so amazingly light when applied. So, if you already have to use cosmetics, use the right one!

Enjoy your red wine

Are you wondering what’s red wine got to do with beauty routines? Well, it appears – a lot! At least the summer ones… While you might first reach for a glass of white to refresh you, it’s established that the resveratrol, a naturally occurring phenol found in the skin of red grapes, can actually aid in treating acute sunburns due to having an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Well, if that’s not a good reason to reach for another bottle, we don’t know what is…

Melon your summer up 

Cantaloupe and watermelon should be your melons of choice if you want to have a healthy, glowing skin. Both fruits are rich in antioxidants and deliver a unique hydration to the skin. Celebrities Katy Perry, Jessica Alba and Katherine Heigl love their summer melon facials during hot summer days, so – if you feel like going down that path, why not! You certainly can’t go wrong, right?

As for the rest – large brim hats, sunscreen, avoiding the sun at noon, staying in the shade of palm trees, showering after every sea-dip… ah, you know the drill.

Zara Lewis is a designer and a regular contributor to, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.

12 August 2016

Guest Post: 10 Flattering Evening Dresses You Need to Get Your Hands On

For most of us, the warmer seasons are a time when weddings, parties and other social events fill up our calendars and bring with them some unforgettable nights. Summer is the time to put our phones away and socialize more in real life, to witness those around us getting married and to play with fashion in the best possible way by wearing beautiful evening dresses.
Turn heads this season and steal the show by donning show stopping evening dresses that will make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you are a strapless kind of girl or a floral loving one, here are ten flattering evening dresses you need to get your hands on now.

Aqua High/Low ball gown
Image credit: Bloomingdales

This high/low Aqua ball gown is such a unique dress. Its simple top part contrasted with the draped pink skirt will make you stand out in the most beautiful way.

Maya Petite all over mesh maxi dress
Image credit: ASOS
This Balmain-like piece brings the drama with its elaborate beading and long sleeves. Perfect for those chilly summer nights, this evening dress is the best one if you want to show off your legs.

Countercheck dress
Image credit: Ginger & Smart
When bold patterns and geometrics are what you love, then this dress by Ginger & Smart is the one to choose. With its wrap feature tied around the waist, this dress is super flattering for so many body shapes

Decode 1.8 beaded cross gown
Image credit: Bloomingdales
When you want to rock a cotton candy hue, this beaded cross gown by Decode 1.8 in this sweet looking pink will make you look like summer.

BCBGMAXAZRIA color block gown
Image credit: Bloomingdales
With its crop top like feature and its minimalist tones, this dress by BCBGMAXAZRIA is ostensibly simple but show stopping nevertheless with its plunging neckline.
Emamò Floral and butterfly-print silk maxi dress
Image credit: Matches Fashion

This fun and flirty dress by Emamò, with its floral features and butterflies, is the evening dress to twirl all night in when dancing under the summer sky.

Decode 1.8 Cutout Waist Paneled Gown

Image credit: Bloomingdales
Elegant, timeless but with a strategic cutout to show off those abs, this paneled gown will help you channel sophisticated vibes.

TFNC WEDDING Embellished Pleated Maxi Dress
Image credit: Asos
This beautiful number by TFNC wedding is the most flattering of them all thanks to its strategic pleats placed right down the middle of the dress.

Aqua lace gown
Image credit: Bloomingdales
When you want to look like a timeless goddess, then this lace gown by Aqua will help you do that. With its cutouts, lace features and that black, you are sure to look sexy but truly elegant.

JS Collections Rosette gown
Image credit: Bloomingdales

One thing is for sure about this number — you don’t see a dress like this every day. This Rosette gown by JS Collections is the ultimate show stopper with its cotton candy hue and that rose featured skirt which will make you look angelic.


11 August 2016

Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Since Boots introduced large, wonderful NYX Cosmetics stands into their stores I have become pretty consistent in purchasing their products, it all started with this haul. My NYX collection is definitely growing and as you can see from this post it includes a few of their much loved Soft Matte Lip Creams.

The first shade I purchased was Cannes (19), a gorgeous nude mauve shade that is wearable with any make up look, night or day. I later picked up two different shades, San Paulo (8) a gorgeous deep pink -red and Instanbul (06), the perfect pretty pink, so overall I have three very different colours each perfect for different looks and as the shade range is soooo huge I am finding it hard to resist picking up every single one.

After using Cannes for the first time I was definitely impressed, it applies smoothly and sets to matte quite quickly but still feels soft and moisturising on the lips, even when building up the coats - which to be honest isn't really needed as the pigmentation is fantastic. I do worry that matte products will dry out your lips and even start to crack but these product don't do that at all, they are the perfect mix between a gloss and a lipstick. These creams are a lot better than I expected for the fantastic £5.50 price tag, they last a good amount of hours and are just perfect in every sense.. I just need more.

Have you tried any of these NYX lip creams?

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