September Goals


eptember-2016-goals-life-lifestyle-blogger-blog-eating-health-autumn-fall-fitness-wellbeingPumpkin Spiced Lattes are officially in Starbucks so surely it is pretty much Autumn! September is one of my favourite months, the weather is still mild (in some cases better than the main Summer months!), the Autumn inspired clothing and items weaves its way into stores and it always just feels like a bit of a fresh start like a new year has begun with the start of the next uni semester. Speaking of a fresh start, I am definitely all up for getting organised and in a routine this month in terms of work and uni but also for my own well-being and my goals this month definitely reflect that! So here’s to September being a productive one!

  • Stick to a low sugar intake diet
  • Find good sugar free recipes and snacking alternatives
  • Make my first designer purchase (maybe!)
  • Buy a bike
  • Get outdoors regularly
  • Get organised for my third year at university

What are your goals for the month ahead?

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Life Lately #8


life-lately-august-lifestyle-life-blogger-blog-summer-sephora-beauty-birthday haul job career lately 2016Can we talk about the fact that September is happening!? Where has time gone!? However this time of year is definitely my favourite as I just love Fall and the build up to Christmas so I am super excited to get started on all the Autumn-y blog posts and get my berry lip game sorted! Anyway future aside, we are here to discuss the past month of August! In my last Life Lately post, I spoke a little about my job situation at the minute. Basically I started a new job last month which I just didn’t like and then was offered another which I finally started this month! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been training for the job and I am really enjoying it so far so I am definitely looking forward to properly getting into it!

This month also marked my birthday! I was working on the day so didn’t do anything but I did do some beauty haulin’ which was rather exciting so do keep your eyes peeled on the blog! It includes a little damage I did when I finally made a Sephora order, eeek! I also picked up a few new skincare bits that I am excited to get some use out of!

After my birthday, I made a little cinema trip to see Nerve, a thriller about a dare game that features Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. I had been desperate to see the film for ages since I initially seen the trailer and it definitely didn’t disappoint! It was different to anything I’d seen before and I can’t wait already to see it again! Other than that I am still hooked on Pretty Little Liars and I also really want to watch Narcos, anyone watched it?

Catch up with August posts: Benefit Brow Collection, Skincare Empties, Healthy Inspiration, Charlotte Tilbury Haul and a Fall Style Wishlist.

How did you spend your August?

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Fall Style Wishlist


Fall Wishlist Clothing Style Fashion Whistles 2016 Autumn All Saints Urban Outfitters Acne Studios Jenson Boots Sweater Weather Leather Skirt Maroon Burgundy Pinafore Dress Skinny JeansDid I just use the word ‘Fall’ during Summer!? Yup I did. Let’s get real though for anyone living in the UK, Summer came for a couple of days and then left us. The beginning of September is also looming which means the Autumn season is near and it is my favourite time of the year so of course I have to start early! Autumn/Winter style is also my favourite and I’ve been super excited to see all the collections come into store. I am also in the middle of sorting out my wardrobe so a few new additions wouldn’t go a miss!

Whistles is one of my favourite places to shop, it is a little more pricey for a high street store but it offers good investment pieces that aren’t carbon copies of everything you find in most other cheaper stores. There is a couple of things on my list from the brand that I am desperate to get my hands on. The first is this Multi Coloured Striped Knit which is super cute and injects a nice bit of colour into an outfit. It also looks comfortable as I do find that a lot of knitwear can be too heavy or too light and this seems like the perfect happy medium!  The jumper also appears to pair well with this leather skirt too which is in a gorgeous burgundy colour. As it is leather it might be a little more difficult to care for but it seems that it would make a great staple in my wardrobe.

A few more classic pieces that I need in my wardrobe include a good pair of black skinny jeans. I basically live in black jeans but I don’t have a decent pair so I do have my eye on a pair from All Saints which seem like a perfect match for my wardrobe. Also, a major lust is the Acne Jensen Boots, yes they are incredibly expensive but damn they are beautiful and are a great wardrobe staple. Lastly, is this cute pinafore dress from Urban Outfitters which I’ve been wanting for so long. It would also look super cute with the Whistles jumper and be a little different to just wearing jeans all the time!

What is on your fall wishlist? 

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Monthly Roundup: November


Monthly Roundup NovemberJust one more day until we will reach the final month of the year… how scary! November has been another busy month in terms of work and shopping, usual really! Things at uni are beginning to quiet down which is a big relief for me so I can finally feel a bit more organised again and get excited for the festive season! The pressure has really been on with blogging over the last couple of months as well as I’ve just had hardly any time so I am looking forward to a bit of free time again and I just need some early mornings for photo taking cause blog photography has been a nightmare recently with the gloomy days! Anyway enough of the oh so negative chat, I hope everyone survived Black Friday! It is safe to say November was another spendy month for me! I picked up a couple of things on offer and some holiday sets which I will be talking about on the blog a bit later on but my star buy of the month obviously had to be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit which I spoke about here. I am well and truly obsessed! I mean just look at, it’s so beautiful! Speaking of shopping, I also went back to the mother-ship for the first time in ages, Space NK! Oh yeeesss! It was just so nice browsing the aisles of such dreamy skincare and makeup products and I made a couple of purchases that will be making there way round here soon!

Also over the month I grew a strong bond with Urban Outfitters. I cannot even remember how many times I have found my self popping in store for a look or a little online browse but I just became so obsessed this month and I totally just want everything in that store especially their amazing home stuff which is super gorgeous! I also got a little crazy this month with magazines. I have a whole stack of magazines waiting to be read that I picked up over the month (mostly due to hella good freebies!). Its been a while since I picked up a good magazine so obviously I made up for that this month but I do have a big reading list ahead!

As you can tell my month was very spendy! As Christmas time has rolled in, I am trying to cut back quite a bit to save money for presents so budgeting is definitely something I am trying to get used to! I was thinking of doing a spending ban (me I know, what a laugh!) but I will maybe delay that for just now! I have been putting money aside to save up which makes me feel so much more happier, I don’t know I just feel better knowing I have much restricted funds to spend! My Christmas shopping is getting there and not many presents left to buy but I really do love buying presents, anyone else? Although I can’t wait until I’ve done all my shopping and I can just sit back wrapping presents with the fire on and a candle burning. Ahh December feels!

Catch up on November posts: Urban Decay Smoky Palette, When you need a little TLC, Autumnal Eyes, End of Year Goals and My favourite drugstore foundation.

What did you get up to during the month of November?

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The Autumn Beauty Edit


Autumn Beauty EditIt really feels like Summer was a lifetime away now. The air is crisp and the mornings are dark. Autumn is officially here (and has been for like the last month..). Autumn is without a doubt my favourite season and one of the reasons I adore this time of year is due to the beauty. I am a huge lover of berry lips and bronze-y eyes, the perfect Autumnal duo. I always feel more myself when wearing my more fall reserved makeup as I am not the biggest fan of the creamy products of Summer and I always prefer something a little more deep or neutral than a coral lip. Today I thought I would share some of my favourite makeup picks for the season and the kind of products I sway for at this time of year.

For base, I love a good satin finish. I know that many people sway for a more matte complexion at this time of year but I do prefer to have a little glow. The Nars Sheer Glow foundation will forever remain one of my all time favourites for providing a flawless base. I like to wear a little more coverage at this time of year too and the Nars has a really great buildable coverage. In terms of concealing, it is my usual go to for blemishes; the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. Again it provides great coverage and doesn’t appear cakey or drying. For my under eyes I am still loving the Clarins Instant Concealer which is super lightweight and looks fresh on the skin.

To warm up the skin, I am still loving the Body Shop Honey Bronzer in fact I feel like this deserves holy grail status! Such a gorgeous shade for my pale complexion. For blush, I have been reaching for my new Nars Dolce Vita blush that I mentioned in my Fall Blush post here. It’s such a gorgeous rosy shade that again works really well with my skin tone. To add a little glow I’ve been opting for the Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter* that offers a gorgeous fresh radiant look to the skin. Again I spoke more about this one here.

Moving onto eyes. For eyebrows it is of course my usual Benefit Gimme Brow. What would I do without it!? For eyeshadow, there is one palette that just screams Autumn. It is of course the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette, the one I raved about a while back here. The warm toned shades are basically made with Autumn in mind and I can’t wait to start using this again. Definitely one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes! To finish the eyes, a few coats of my current favourite mascara; Benefit They’re Real.

To finish off my Autumnal look it’s all about the lips. This is the one thing I like to change up quite a lot during the Autumn months as I have so many seasonal appropriate shades that I am always looking forward to digging out. A newbie this season for me and one that I think will be a longtime favourite is Mac Plumful. A beautiful plum-y pink shade in a lustre finish that offers moisture but still gives great pigment.

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What is your go-to makeup look for Autumn? 

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The Autumn Nails Edit


Autumn NailsWithout a doubt dark nails are my thing. I always get really excited for this time of year when it’s completely acceptable to start bringing out the deeper and darker shades. It’s not all dark plums and berries though as I do love the neutrals and all of those shades that feel super cosy and warm, if that makes any sense? In line with all my autumnal inspired posts I thought it was about time to share my favourite nail shades for this time of year.

The Neutrals 

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Caramel – Matte nails were never really much my thing but I was so obsessed with this matte range from Barry M a few years back. The collection had the best lineup of fall shades and the shade Caramel is one of my favourites. A beautiful beige nude colour, this shade goes with anything and looks super sophisticated.

Essie Sand Tropez – A new shade in my collection, this nude shade sits more as a grey-ish shade to Caramel, think greige. The sand hued shade fits as a perfect nude and you can always rely on the formula of Essie.

The Warm Browns 

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Cocoa – The shade name really sums this colour up. Think a deep warm brown that conjuncts images of drinking hot chocolate by a roasting fire. Sheer Bliss. A very autumnal shade in another one of my favourite formulas, expect a great finish with this one.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Paprika – Same formula, another brown based shade but a different hue. Paprika is such a typical Autumn like colour. An orange-y brown reminiscent of pumpkins and Halloween. I mean just imagine wearing this shade with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in hand, Autumn goals right there!

The Berries and Plums 

Essie Bahama Mama – Another newbie in my collection, this gorgeous plum purple-y shade is currently chipping it’s way off my nails as we speak. No need to worry though as this has been on my nails for a little too long now! The colour though is gorgeous and pretty different from anything I’ve already got. It falls more into the purple side of things rather than the usual red which I love. A new favourite of mine for sure.

Nails Inc Grosvenor Crescent – I picked up this shade as part of the Nails Inc A/W collection from last year although I actually haven’t tried this shade out yet but I can’t wait to get this on my nails! This is such a perfect Autumn shade, a deep plum-y aubergine shade that appears to be the darkest shade in my lineup. I love a good dark nail and I am currently loving Nails Inc so this one I know I will love!

Essie Shearling Darling – I only have a little mini of this shade but it is one I definitely recommend. A must have fall shade, the perfect deep burgundy that everyone needs in their collection for this time of year. This is definitely one of my favourites.

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Crush – Another one from the matte range, this shade lies more on the red spectrum and is a fail safe deep berry shade. Again I really like the formula of these and the matte finish is a little different than the usual glossy style.

The Winter Blues

Essie Parka Perfect – Since wearing nail polish for many years I’ve took my time in realising the shades I truly love. Grey-ish blues are definitely one of my favourites, pretty specific there I know! Parka Perfect is a gorgeous blue-y grey shade that is slick and looks polished but still offers something more unique than a simple nude.

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her – One of my favourites, a similar shade to Parka Perfect although this runs a little lighter and appears to have a slight green-ish hue running though it. I spoke fully about this shade here but it’s a colour I will forever be coming back to no matter what season.

What are your favourite nail shades for Autumn? 

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Five For Fall: Lipstick


Fall lipsticksIf there is one thing to get excited about at this time of year it is without a doubt berry and red toned lips. You’ve seen my blush choices for the new season but now it’s time to look at some of my favourite lip picks for Autumn, all of which of course follow the typical plum/red/berry tones.

First up is the darkest in the bunch and one of the budget options from the drugstore. Revlon Black Cherry is an intense plum toned shade that was basically created for this time of year. Personally I actually find this shade a little too dark on it’s own but when applied on top of the Benefit Benebalm tinted lip balm the shade is much more wearable. This is actually my only lipstick from Revlon, in fact the only product I own from the brand but I definitely need to pick up some more as the formula is beautiful. Super creamy, the lipstick glides on smoothly on the lips and is a dream to wear.

Speaking of fabulous formulas, I am a huge fan of the Nars Lip Pencils, in fact I think they are one of the best lip products around. The formulas are everything you could want in a lipstick, super creamy and comfortable to wear but also well pigmented and long lasting on the lips. The shade Mandore was part of the limited edition collection last Winter although it appears to be still available. It is a gorgeous deep red shade that will not look out of place during the colder months.

The shade I will probably be getting the most wear out of during the Autumn months is one of the new additions to my collection, Mac Plumful. I mean come on what is a lip post without a Mac lipstick! With a change in season I basically had to head to Mac (it’s like a tradition obvs?) and I had one shade in particular in my mind that I just had to pick up. Plumful is an incredibly popular shade and as the name suggests is a beautiful plum-y pink colour that is completely different to anything in my collection. It is a lustre finish so has a balmy texture whilst the colour appears more on the sheerer side of things although I find Plumful to be rather buildable and can be worn as more of statement lip. This is a lipstick I know I will love for a long time to come.

Another new addition from Mac is from their matte range namely the shade D for Danger. I had originally planned to pick this up at the same time as Plumful although it was out of stock. Luckily for me though I spotted this online at the House of Fraser and was rather surprised to find it slightly cheaper at £14 rather than the usual £15.50. Whilst not much a saving it’s always nice to grab some sort of bargain especially on Mac. The shade is gorgeous and perfect for Autumn. A typical dark berry red shade with a comfortable but long lasting matte finish.

Lastly, I obviously had to mention the Fall classic. Rimmel Kate Moss 107, the perfect berry lip at an affordable price. This is actually a very similar shade to D for Danger that it could be considered as a dupe. Again this one has a matte finish and lasts well on the lips whilst still feeling comfortable.

What is your favourite lip product for Fall?

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When You’re Feeling Under The Weather…


When You're Feeling Under the WeatherWhilst Autumn is the time to be excited about pumpkin spiced lattes and changing up your wardrobe, it is also the time when your health and wellbeing takes a slump. I know from own experience particularly at this time that it’s easy to catch the many bugs flying around as the chilly days settle in. This week has been a little off, I have been feeling a bit under the weather and basically can’t leave the house without my trusty pack of tissues and a hot drink. I am sure I am not the only one falling down this trap and I thought I would share some tips on how to help yourself when you are feeling a little under the weather…

As I mentioned briefly I have been relying a lot on hot drinks. If you are suffering from the cold then drinking fluids particularly hot can help clear out your system. Peppermint is really good for helping with sore throats and therefore I have been working my way through a box of peppermint tea to help decongest the body. I am not a big tea/coffee person but it does help you relax a little more and there is nothing better than a warm drink when feeling poorly. Speaking of warmness, soup is also great when you aren’t feeling on top form. I know from experience that when I am unwell I don’t have much appetite so soup is such an easy thing to digest so is perfect and warming for the body.

I think one thing we all do when we don’t feel too good is to run a bath or have a warm shower. I for one prefer baths as I find them relaxing and with the addition of bath oils or bubble bars etc it really helps you unwind. The steam from a bath/shower is also really good for clearing your nasal passages.

Looking after your skin is also very important. The skin can get quite dry especially in the colder season so its important to ensure your skin is nourished and has the hydration it needs. I am obsessed with the Body Shop Aqua Boost Sorbet, a lightweight but incredibly refreshing and cooling moisturiser. Great for cooling down the skin but also giving it the moisture it craves. Your lips are also likely to get dry so it’s also important to have a good lip balm that offers nourishment. I have been loving the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm which is great at repairing cracked and sore lips. Also if you are needing to run errands or go to work/school/uni you want to leave the house looking the best you can but also feeling good. I tend to strip down my makeup routine and go for something lightweight and minimal. Something quite like my minimal makeup look.

How do you cope when you are feeling under the weather?

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Four For Fall: Blush


Fall BlushersAs October has begun, Autumn is officially in full swing. There is a crisp chill in the air and the nights appear to be getting darker. In return, my daily makeup has had a little switch up lately to adapt to the new season. One thing in particular that I have changed around is my choice of blush. Out goes the coral and peachy toned blush for something a little more rosy and plum. There are four blushes in my stash that will be on rotation throughout the season as they are all so perfect for the colder months ahead.

Probably the one that I will get the most wear out of during the season is the newbie in my collection; Nars Dolce Vita. I was desperate to get my hands on another shade from the Nars blush range after falling in love with Nars Orgasm blush. The shade ‘Dolce Vita’ was literally calling my name and the perfect choice for the new season. The shade above appears a little lighter than reality but the shade is more of a warm rosy colour. It works beautifully with my pale complexion and has that sort of English Rose look about it providing a little flushed rosy look to the cheeks. The formula is super too, really fine and long lasting.

A more budget friendly option comes from Max Factor in the form of their Creme Puff blushes in the shade Gorgeous Berries. Blush is probably one of my most cherished beauty products but if I am honest the drugstore don’t have the finest selection. I don’t really find that they offer the best and most appealing varieties. Although one of the most exciting drugstore launches this year was indeed Max Factor’s new blush range. These are simply gorgeous and with that swirly multi-toned effect they offer similarities to the much pricer Hourglass Ambient Blushes. The shade Gorgeous Berries has Fall written all over it with it’s beautiful plum and berry toned shade. The blushes also have a highlighting effect to give the skin a beautiful glow on application.

In terms of blush formulations, I always prefer powder over cream. No matter what season I am never really the biggest cream blush fan. Although I am going to mention a cream formulated blush that I really do love. The Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Peaked is a gorgeous dusky pink shade that is a perfect match for Autumn. The formula is really nice, it isn’t in any way too creamy, it applies more like a powder which makes it a winner for me. The formula also boasts a decent longevity and that square-ish packaging is to die for!

Lastly, probably one of my favourite ever blushes, Mac Breezy. I talked about this last year (excuse really bad old post) here and instantly fell in love with it. After buying this it made me fall for those berry toned warm blushes that are now my all time favourites. Despite being part of the Sheertone Shimmer blush range, it boasts great pigmentation and with fair skin I only need to use this one lightly. The shade is very similar to the Max Factor option but a little more cooler. It still offers that beautiful glowy feel to the cheeks and is great for those days when you need to give your skin a bit of life.

What is your favourite blush for Fall? 

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