Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Most Beautiful Place

Today was all about hitting refresh. After having a very busy week off work, me and my parents decided to make the most of our last day off before going back to work tomorrow. We decided to spend it outside exploring Arundel castle and gardens. I've never been to Arundel before but I'm so glad we made the trip.
We did go in the castle and look around but after walking up what felt like a ga-zillion steps and feeling very queasy when we finally got to the top, we decided all that old history wasn't really for us so we made our way to the gardens and and oh-my-good-god they were beautiful. I took so many photos, I just couldn't stop snapping. Every little nook and cranny was something new and different from waterfalls to greenhouses and archways to wild flowers and gazebos. The views were pretty phenomenal too.
We spent a good couple of hours looking round and I couldn't help but think that today was the first day in a really long time that I really did feel genuinely happy and content so who knows hopefully things are finally starting to look up.
Outfit - All Topshop


Monday, 27 June 2016

What I've Been Loving Lately

For this post I wanted to share with you some things that I've been loving lately, a mix of beauty, accessories and even a book.
Firstly I've been loving the Caitlyn Jenner Mac Lipstick called 'Finally Free'. It's an online exclusive but oh my god it's the nicest shade ever. It's the perfect nude lipstick, a 'your lips but better colour' and I've used it everyday since I got it. Next I've been loving the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in 'Grandstand' and 'In The Spotlight'. They're the most pigmented and buttery eyeshadows ever. They're perfect for summer as they're almost metallic. They're on par with the MAC Pigments, 'Grandstand' is exactly like the MAC Pigment in 'Tan'. I can't wait to buy more!
Recently I've been loving using more highlighter. Now summer's here I've been experimenting with a few different ones but my favourite is definitely theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer. It's a lovely natural highlight which you can use on your cheekbones, in the corner of your eye, on your browbone and down the centre of the nose.
I picked up the new Soap & Glory Shower Jelly in boots the other day and I've used it everyday since I've got it. I get quite dry skin and this has cleared it up. It lathers up in the shower to a foam and really helps moisturise your skin. For only £5 it's pretty damn good.
Last weekend I bought these sunglasses in topshop and I'm just praying for the sun to come out properly so I can wear them! The frames are a bronzy rose-gold metal, I mean what more could you want for only £16??
You must of heard of Zoella's book club by now??? I've been wanting to read 'All The Bright Places' for ages and this gave me the perfect chance! I'm halfway through it and I can't put it down! I really recommend it and I haven't even got to the end yet.

Friday, 13 May 2016

I've Finally Started A Makeup Geek Palette

So I've finally caved and started a makeup geek palette. I've had a wishlist full of mug eye shadows on beautybay for so long that I finally made an order and I'm SO happy I did! These shadows are the only ones I reach for now, they're so buttery and pigmented and SO cheap!

Top Row:
Peach Smoothie
This is the easiest, most buildable matte which I love to use in the crease as a transition shade.
Creme Brulee
This is a lovely peachy matte brown which I reach for everyday and is definitely a must have.
Cocoa Bear
There is a reason why everyone goes crazy over this shade. It's a warm matte brown with a red undertone which is just amazing when you need to deepen the crease.
This is my absolute favourite shadow I got. It's the perfect shimmery bronze gold which looks great packed onto the lid with creme brulee, cocoa bear and homecoming buffed into the crease.
This shade is exactly like MAC's expensive pink, only more buttery and pigmented. It looks lovely all over the lid and I can't wait to wear it more in the summer.

Second Row:
As I said before this looks great blended into glamorous. It's also my favourite all over lid shade for when I just want an easy wash of colour.
Prom Night
Warm shimmery taupe which makes a great everyday shade.
This shade is so different from anything I own, it's a muted shimmery purple that on the lid looks lovely with unexpected and drama queen blended in the crease.
A lovely matte pale pink brown which is perfect blended in the crease.
This shade was a bit of a risk for me. It's a purple with flecks of silver running through it and I'm starting to really love it.
Drama Queen
 A deeper shimmery purple which goes well in the outer v blended out.

Third Row:
Matte deep maroon red which goes well with Burlesque.
A metallic burgundy with warm muted undertones.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Taking Two Steps Forward

There's only so much optimism and happiness you can object into a difficult situation. Sometimes just as you manage to take 2 steps forward, a hundred more things happen and they push you 10 steps back.
The most important thing that I want to get across in this post is that you don't need to rush. If it takes you 5 days or 5 months to take 2 steps forward it's okay. Trust me, it took me at least 2 months to find my feet again let alone take any steps forward. What you're going through could be really really tiny or really really big, it doesn't matter. You will get there in your own time. Don't let anyone phase you. You take as much time as you want.
Don't worry if everyone around you is running ahead and you're not. Even if it feels like everyone you know is having the happiest months of their life, it's okay for you to be having the most difficult months of yours. No matter how much you want to run and catch up with them, don't try to rush things that need time. It will all fall into place eventually but first you've got to deal with whatever is stopping you from taking those 2 steps forward. You have to focus on yourself because at the end of the day as long as you have enough strength for tomorrow, you're doing good.

Looking back now, I'm in such a better place and that's down to me. I've taken the last couple of months to work on me and its definitely helped. Don't get me wrong, I'm still wobbly. I'll be absolutely fine one minute but as soon as someone says "do you think about it often?" I'll be a complete crying mess again but that's okay. What's important is that I built up enough strength to take those first 2 steps by myself. I didn't let anyone phase me, push me back down or make me stressed. I took my own time and it may be 4 months later but I'm now slowly getting there.

I will say though, you should do whatever it takes to get back up on your feet. Whether it's finding new music and enjoying it (for me, I found Florence + The Machine and now I'M OBSESSED), cutting ties from anyone the brings you down, writing, a relaxing bubble bath or getting stuck in a good book. I've found it's all the small things that help.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Matte Lips For Spring

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to boots to find some new drugstore lip products that are perfect for spring and out of the few I bought, these two are my absolute favourites.
The L'Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lipstick in the shade 001 Silenco was one I picked up on a bit of a whim. The whole idea of the sponge just seemed way to fancy for me but once I swatched it I realised I just had to get it. Its a gorgeous matte pinky nude that on the lips isn't drying at all. The idea of the sponge is that the product is in the lid and every time you put the lid back on, the sponge soaks up the product ready for the next time you use it. It is a bit fancy but it works.
The second one is from Soap & Glory and only costs £3.50! The Sexy Mother Pucker Matte-Lip in Choccoberry is my new everyday lip colour. It's not my normal pinky nude but I love it. It's a lovely shade that can only be described as a berry nude. On the lips it last ages, its not drying and it doesn't budge. For only £3.50 you can't really go wrong and I'll definitely be picking up more of these!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Neapolitan Cupcakes | Recipe

For the Biscuit Base:
200g Bourbon Biscuits
50g Melted Butter
1tbsp Golden Syrup
For the Cupcakes:
125g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
125g Unsalted Butter
2 Eggs
Vanilla Extract
200g Unsalted Butter
450g Icing Sugar
6-8tbsp Smooth Strawberry Jam
Start by lining your cupcake tray with your cases and preheating your oven to 170 degree Celsius. Then take your Bourbons and bash them into small crumbs. I do this by putting them in a bag and bashing them with a rolling pin but a food blender will also do the trick! Then mix in your butter a (melted) and your golden syrup. Then put about a table spoon into the bottom of each case and pack it in (I use the flat bottom of a 1/2 cup measurement) anyway you can so it's not all loose.
Then you make the cupcake batter. Start of by adding all the dry ingredients (flour, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda) and then mix in your butter, vanilla extract and 2 eggs until the mixture is smooth but still quite thick. Then add about a ping pong ball sized amount onto the top of your biscuit base in the cupcake cases and even if it so every cupcake has the same amount. Fill the cases about 3/4's of the way full.
Then bake your cupcakes for 20-22 minutes.
To make the Icing simply mix together your icing sugar and butter until its completely smooth and and light (it takes a good 5-10 minutes on a medium speed to make it light enough) and then add the strawberry jam. The strawberry jam replaces the milk in this recipe but if your icing is still quite thick feel free to add a splash of milk. Mix the strawberry jam in the icing for a couple of minutes (the icing will turn a lovely strawberry pick colour!)
Then once your cakes are out of the oven and completely cooled, feel free to pipe the icing on or simply spoon it on! I decided to pipe mine with a wilton 1M tip.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Clearing My Head Space

I've had so many ideas for this post. I've written it and rewritten it a million times now and for some reason what I ended up writing just wasn't right.
The beginning of 2016 has been pretty awful if I'm honest. I lost the most amazing man in the world, my Grandad in January and since then everything has all been a blur. My mind has become a cloud of fog and however hard I try it's just not clearing. I can't shake the feeling that I'm losing control of myself and who I want to be. Everyone around me is moving on, living life and I find myself not wanting to catch up. I've never experienced loss before but I know I didn't expect to feel like this. My family are the most incredible group of people I know, they're strong and if anything we've all got stronger through all of this. I know for sure the only reason I'm getting through everything is down to them.
With the cloud of fog it's like I'm suffocating. I can't find any motivation to write blog posts even though I've got 100 different ideas, it's making me lose interest in my job which before everything happened I absolutely loved and it's stopping me from wanting to catch up with everyone else who's moving on. I don't want to feel like this. I want to stop holding back and I want to run and catch up with my life. I want more than anything to run and catch up with everyone but for some reason I can't. That's what I'm trying to work out. I'm still going through life day by day but its a blur. It's like I'm not really there and its difficult.
I guess what I'm trying to say is bare with me. I guess I'm telling myself this by telling you. There's no rush, just because everyone I know is living life and trying new experiences doesn't mean I have to rush to. I can take my time and I'm going to. Loss isn't something you move past over night. That's something I've definitely learnt through all this. I've learnt that loss is something everyone learns to live with, its just everyone learns in their own time and for some reason it's taking me a little longer than I thought it would.
I know I'll get there one day, it's all about baby steps and baby steps sounds pretty good to me.
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