Aims for October

Sunday, 4 October 2015

October has come out of nowhere and I'm not sure I was ready for it. Summer has flown past in a blur - I feel like I didn't really achieve much over the past few months and so I'm making it my aim for autumn to get back on track and start making things happen again. I'm looking forward to the next few cosy months and everything they have to bring, but mostly I'm looking forward to improving myself, my blog, and just generally making things better for me.

I thought with a new month (and a new season) it made perfect sense to write some of my goals down on here to really cement them in place, and motivate me to achieve them. I think there's no better motivation than writing it down for the whole world to see, right?!

First up, I need to get back on it with blogging. I feel like I write a blog post about this every few months, but lately it's got to me so much I've felt like I'm never going to get to where I want to be with my blog. I've fallen out of love with my layout after having it for what seems like forever now, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get myself a nice, shiny new layout together over the next month or so. That in itself will probably motivate me to blog more, but I've also got lots more posts scheduled for over the next few weeks and I'm planning on keeping it up from here on in. My main problem with keeping up my blog is motivation, prioritising and feeling so overwhelmed with all the posts I want/need to write - I'm the type of person who, if I feel like I have loads to do, will just be even more put off starting because I feel like I'll never finish. I really need to get out of that mindset and just channel all my energy into being consistent and giving my blog my all.

Another big aim for the next month (and beyond) is losing weight. I've spoken about my issues with food and weightloss in this post, and so far things are, thankfully, heading in the right direction. I've been incorporating fruit into my diet a lot more, exercising much more regularly, feeling more positive about food and I'm just hoping I can keep it up. I still have a long way to go diet-wise (I just can't resist sweet treats), but I'm happy that my body is changing (slowly but surely) and with it my bad habits. I plan on doing more diet and fitness-based posts too so that I can take you guys along on this journey with me too.

Finally, my last goal for October is to start being more organised. This applies to everything in life - organised with my house, health and beauty regime and everything else in between. I'm really not the most organised person in the world, especially when I'm feeling down, and it just ends up making me feel worse when I can't find things, or my skin breaks out because I've not been applying all the skincare I should. So I'm making it my mission to stop being lazy with housework, to ensure I do my FULL skincare routine morning and night, and to make sure I allow myself enough time to do the things I need to get done. I've been trying my best over the past few weeks and I'm slowly getting there but I've still got a long way to go organisation-wise. I'm also hoping to do some organisation posts on here too if I'm successful, so watch this space.

What are your hopes and aims for October?

An Autumn Walk

Saturday, 3 October 2015
Top: Primark
Kimono*: Boohoo
Skirt*: Boohoo
Bracelets*: Buckley
Necklace: Disney Couture
Boots*: Boohoo

It's been a little while since I uploaded an outfit post hasn't it?! I think my last few outfit posts were really summery and bright so it's nice to delve into autumn and show you my current favourite autumnal outfit. As much as I adore the pastels that come with spring, this year's trends for autumn are incredible and it's got me so excited for the next few months. 

The seventies trend is HUGE for autumn, and despite not being too fussed about it to begin with, I've now fallen head-over-heels for all things seventies and was so excited to work with Boohoo on putting this awesome seventies-inspired outfit together. I've become a little bit obsessed with Boohoo lately, and they have the absolute best pick of all things seventies on there at the moment. 

I definitely think this outfit fits the whole boho seventies vibe down to a tee - the suedette pleated skirt screams seventies, whilst the cut-out kimono adds just the right amount of boho. I thought it seemed only right to top the whole outfit off with some brown boots - which despite being a black boot girl through-and-through, I think it's safe to say I'm converted! 

In terms of jewellery, I kept things fairly simple with my Disney Mrs Potts necklace and some absolutely beautiful rose gold 'XO' bracelets from Buckley. I've been wearing them with everything lately and absolutely love them! 

Overall I adore this outfit and it's made me so excited for autumn leaves, the cooler weather and lots of browns, suede and cosy colours. Are you excited for autumn? 

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette Review

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Everyone loves a bit of contouring, right? Done the right way, it can make your face look sculpted, more defined and just, well, better. Contouring became huge a couple of years ago and it has stuck around ever since, so it comes as no surprise that Maybelline has got on board the contouring train and brought out their very own 'Master Sculpt' contouring palette.

Being a big fan of (faux) tanning, I've always loved to contour and highlight, and this product makes doing just that somewhat foolproof. Using any old bronzer and brush to contour won't do, so Maybelline has made it easy for even beginners to master the art of contouring, with a palette that comes with everything you need to look gorgeously contoured and highlighted - for just £6.99. 

Available in Light-Medium and Medium-Dark, the palette comes in chic black shiny packaging and features a mirror, the perfect brush for contouring and both a contour shade as well as a highlighting powder. This all comes together in one small palette, making it ideal for travelling or doing your makeup on-the-go. 

The contouring shades in both palettes (Light and Dark) are really matte and true brown (as contouring shades should be), without any red or orange undertones. Despite a fair bit of fall out when applying, they apply beautifully and blend really well. The highlighter is subtle but buildable and is the perfect neutral highlighter shade that looks great swept over the areas you want to highlight. In terms of whether to get Light or Dark, it really depends on your skin tone and the kind of contour you want to go for. I tend to stick with the Light-Medium shade most of the time as I want it to look a bit more natural, but for things like nights out (when I've put tan on) I like to go for the darker shade.

Overall I really love this contouring palette and completely recommend it. 

Nourishing Haircare Favourites

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Lately my hair has been in a bit of a mess. Thanks to refusing to have it cut, letting it dry naturally without having combed through it and over-washing it, it's become a bit of a frizzy-split-end-Hagrid-mess. This being the case, I've really had to up my game haircare-wise and crack out all my top favourite nourishing and restoring hair products to bring it back to life.

The Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery* range was my first port-of-call for this - designed to reverse a huge 75% of surface damage and make your hair three times smoother, I had high hopes that the shampoo and conditioner would work wonders for my hair. And it most certainly did - after each wash my hair felt softer, stronger and smoother - and whilst my split hands didn't miraculously disappear, my hair felt much healthier.

Speaking of split ends, to keep mine in check I've been using Tigi Bedhead Ego Boost Split End Mender*, which is basically a leave-in conditioner that targets split ends and helps to add strength and elasticity. It smells fab, a little bit goes a really long way and it makes my hair feel much smoother - definitely a must-have product if you suffer with lots of split ends!

Milk_shake Whipped Cream* is another leave-in conditioner that I absolutely love. This smells insane - almost good enough to eat (but obviously, don't), and as well as leaving my hair feel so soft it also makes my usually ridiculously knotty hair so much easier to manage. It's one of those products that is just a total pleasure to use.

Obviously, keeping my hair in tip-top condition means using an oil. It's strange to think that a few years back oils were few and far between, but now they're a must-have in everyone's haircare regime. I'm currently loving the Rush Haircare Multi-Use Oil* from M&S -with a mix of Vitamin E, argan oil and inca inchi oil, it really hydrates my hair and leaves my normally ratty, dry-feeling ends feeling smooth and hydrated.

One of my ultimate favourite nourishing haircare products has got to be the SP Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Treatment Mask*. I definitely need to make the effort to use this more often because when I do use it, the results are always so, so good. It basically leaves your hair feeling as smooth and soft as it does when you have a treatment at the hairdressers, and the best thing is it's a really affordable price for what it is. I love it.

Finally, I couldn't do a nourishing haircare post without including my trusty Wet Brush*. Although it's not a nourishing product as such, it is a must-have for making my hair feel soft and knot-free. Whereas a lot of brushes pull and break your hair, this one is the best I've found for untangling it without leaving you pulling out loads of hair. I wouldn't be without mine now!

What are your favourite nourishing hair products? Let me know!

Sitting Room Snippets

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Since moving into my own place, I've become a little bit obsessed with buying homeware. If you watch my YouTube channel you'll have seen I've been doing a fair few homeware hauls, and I'm just a bit addicted to making my house look as pretty as possible. As much as I love buying clothes, there's something so much more satisfying about buying things for your home and looking at all the prettiness afterwards. 

I thought it was about time I gave you a little peek at my house, and one of the rooms that I'm really in love with right now is my sitting room. It's very different from my usual style, but I've fallen head over heels with the copper trend and so it's been a big part of the styling for this room. I've also really taken a liking to grey, which is a colour I never used to get excited about (you know I'm a baby blue/pink girl at heart). I really love how modern and fresh the room looks and definitely think the mix of white and grey furniture with the copper accents works beautifully. 

We have oak laminate flooring in our sitting room and although I do love a good carpet, the laminate is so much easier to keep clean and makes the room look even more modern and on trend. I think it works really well with the grey and copper too. We've not invested in a rug yet but I have my eye on one from Dunelm - I fell in love with one from Habitat but it's just too pricey! 

Most of the bits I've bought for the room are from places like Asda Home, Primark, TK Maxx and Ikea. The cute little balloon dog is from The Range and it's basically my favourite thing ever. All of the cushions are from Asda, as are the curtains, and copper frame and candle holder are from Primark. There is so much copper in the shops right now - and I'm loving it.

What are you currently loving interior-wise? I hope you liked having a little glimpse into what I've been buying homeware-wise lately, and having a peek at some snippets of my sitting room.

Brighten Up with Models Own's New 'Polish for Tans' Shades

Friday, 4 September 2015
Polish for Tans* - Models Own

Summer might be drawing to a close, but if you're lucky enough to still have a summer glow (or, if you're heading on your holidays soon or a year-round faux tanner like myself) then the new 'Polish for Tans' shades by Models Own will be right up your street.

Models Own have been one of my favourite nail polish brands ever since they existed, so whenever a new launch comes up I always get excited to try what newness they have to offer. I was particularly excited to hear they had extended their 'Polish for Tans' range* with some new shades, as I fake tan regularly and love a polish that makes me look even more golden and glowing. There are five new additions to the collection, and I was kindly sent four of them to road-test for you guys and I have to say - I'm impressed.

The new additions include (L-R) Malibu Pink, Sarong Wrap, Turquoise Sea and Beach Hut. Malibu Pink is my favourite of the bunch - it's a gorgeously sweet, Barbie pink that looks so incredible on and I've been wearing it non-stop since I got it. Turquoise Sea is the most opaque of the bunch and certainly makes a statement - as does Beach Hut, which is an almost fluorescent orange. Sarong Wrap is a lovely sunny bright yellow shade that definitely comes up more opaque than the majority of yellows I've tried in the past, although it's probably the least opaque of the bunch here.

Each of the shades applies really well and are long-lasting and super glossy. They do chip after a few days, but for £4.99 each I think these are amazing value and well worth investing in if you like bright shades or polishes that complement a tan.

Have you tried the latest shades from Models Own? Let me know!