01 November 2016

First Impressions And Swatches: Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Urban Decay has captured my heart when it comes to their Naked range, every time they announce a new palette I cannot wait to get my hands on it so of course when they announced the Naked Ultimate Basics filled I waited patiently for it to be released in the UK and here we are.

The Naked Ultimate Basics Palette is filled with twelve exclusive matte shadows and is what every Urban Decay lover out there has been dreaming of. It also has a huge mirror filling the opposite side and a cute two ended brush, both contributing to this palette being ideal for travel - it's sturdy packaging is lighter than it looks!

The majority of the twelve shadows are very neutral, of course this is expected from any Naked palette but of course there are the darker shades to allow a bit more fun and definition to your make-up look. 

Blow - A demi-matte, which makes it the highlighting shade.
Nude - Exactly as it's named, a completely nude pink.
Commando - This is a is pale taupe.
Tempted - Pale brown.
Instinct - Pink-taupe.
Lethal - Darker brown with a red tone.
Pre-Game - Pale yellow.
Extra Bitter - Burnt orange - my favourite shade in this palette.
Faith - Medium brown.
Lockout - Pure darker matte brown.
Magnet - Gorgeous smoky grey.
Blackjack - Simple black.

It is safe to say I love this palette and I'm so glad Urban Decay listened to everyone's feeback because once again, they have done well! The shades are gorgeous and as always with Urban Decay shadows they're creamy, pigmented and long lasting and the whole range of colours are complimenting of one another.

Tell me your thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette! Are you a Naked lover like me?

25 October 2016

Video: Lush Bournemouth Re-Opening Event

Lush gave their Bournemouth store a big make-over and I was lucky enough to be invited to their VIP event, where Bournemouth bloggers were able to have a sneak peak at the refurbishment prior to public opening. I have written a photo filled blog post which you can find here if you fancy it, but here is a short but sweet vlog summarising the evening and the refurbishment.

Tell me about your favourite Lush products!

24 October 2016

Event: Lush Bournemouth Re-Opening

Anyone who knows me will be aware that I am a huge fan of Lush Cosmetics. I can remember when I first started using their products many moons ago and here I am writing about an exclusive event I was invited to at their Lush Bournemouth store, crazy!

Lush Bournemouth is one of my local stores and they shut their doors temporarily in the summer with the announcement of an exciting refurbishment. Lots of Bournemouth bloggers were invited to an exclusive event, allowing us to see the store a day early! I have never attended a blogger event before so it's safe to say I felt a little anxious about it all but it didn't take me long to hunt fellow Bournemouth bloggers down on Twitter and I arranged to meet a few lovely girls prior to the event - Ciara, Louise and Georgia, Meeting with these three girls was the best decision and made the entire evening ten times better, allowing me to come out my shell a little more - with the help of alcohol of course.

Walking into the event your name was checked off a guest list and you were given a lanyard which (in good old Lush chalkboard style) had your full name and Twitter handle written which I think we all got a little excited about, but realistically they were the perfect way to ensure you didn't awkwardly forget someone's name halfway through the evening. Walking into the store I had one girl hand me a basket with a Christmas themed wrap tied on the handle and in the other hand I was handed a glass of bubbly, both followed by a quick realisation that we were going to be juggling cameras, bags, phones, alcohol and products for the rest of the evening!

Immediately I noticed that the store seemed bigger purely due to the new layout and even though it was filled by bloggers and staff it felt like there was more space to move around in comparison to the old design. Every range of product was displayed clearly with a lovely member of staff ready and waiting to talk to you and make you fall in love with something new - I cannot put into words how lovely each and every staff member was!

One of the most exciting aspects of the re-refurbishment was the addition of the Lush make-up range as Lush Bournemouth is the fourth store in the world to stock it, with some of the products not even being available online. As a self confessed make-up addict I can't deny I want every product, especially their lipsticks because the shades are absolutely gorgeous.

Overall the store re-refurbishment is really impressive and was easily worth the wait. Every where I looked there was something exciting to see and I cannot emphasise how well everything is displayed, if you went in there for something specific you'd be able to find it in a matter of seconds.

When we ventured outside there was a brass band, a demonstration stand where we got the chance to create our own Ruby Red Slipper, mine went horribly wrong from the beginning and ended up with a crack down the middle, but luckily for me it will still do the job at making bubbles. Outside was also a lovely lady serving exciting cocktails, all I heard was the words 'salted caramel' and I immediately said yes before she could finish her sentence as I am obsessed with anything salted caramel. It turned out to be a yummy but rather strong cocktail and admittedly I couldn't finish it because I'm not one for strong drinks and I'm such a lightweight I would have ended up far too tipsy.

Time absolutely flew by and after we all ended picking up new products to try, I already have a large Lush order sitting at home waiting to be used so I decided to just purchase one item - the Big Blue bath bomb which was demonstrated to me by one of the kind members of staff. The scent made me feel so refreshed and as the girl explained the benefits of seaweed I was won over.

Although we did all purchase different products, we were also kindly given choices of products to take home with us! We were also allowed to choose a biscuit of the Christmas tree, I chose the cute dinosaur that they use for their Santasaurus Bubble bar, but it was hard to chose between that and a The Christmas Penguin biscuit.

 I am so thankful to the Lush team for putting this event together as well as the members of staff who spent their Friday evening with us massaging hands, serving cocktails and overall being brilliant!

There is of course a vlog from this event that will be linked on a separate post as this one is going up in the morning and the video shall be going up in the evening so keep your eyes peeled on my channel!

Are you a lover of Lush Cosmetics? 

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!
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