DREAM TOPSHOP WISHLIST

Hello friends, it's been far too long! I'm sorry for the radio silence, it's just that life has been so hectic, and I know I should be finding time for my blog no matter what - that's just become a little more difficult than anticipated. You see, I've taken on a second job in an attempt to flesh out my CV a little and gain some more experience in a field I care about - Fashion. Whilst I'm having a blast and learning new things every day, it's leaving me with a lot less time to myself than I had anticipated.
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TOPSHOP LIPSTICK COLLECTION #2

Ever since I can remember I've always been a huge Topshop fan. I adore their clothes, accessories and shoes. But, when strutting into a high street clothing store, or scrolling through pages and pages of product online it can be easy to overlook the brands makeup and beauty department. In the past, I've tried Topshop highlighters, eyeshadows, eyeliners etc and I can definitely attest to the products being of a high quality - the same standard of any makeup you'd buy from boots. Whilst all of the Topshop makeup I've tried has been great, it's the brands lipsticks that really have a hold on me....
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OOTD // THIS MUST BE MY DREAM


I've been saying for a long time now that I'd like to include more OOTD's and fashion related posts on my blog, so I thought it was about time I bit the bullet, grabbed a friend and just went for it.
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TOPSHOP AND CULT BEAUTY HAUL + MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO


So after getting paid the other day I did this thing where I completely forgot about all my responsibilities and my basic human dependency on food, water and heat. Instead, I went online shopping and spend more money than I can reasonably afford on Topshop and Cult Beauty.

I did try to take some pretty photos of everything that I purchased, but as much as I try, I'm just not good at flat laying and taking photos of clothes. However, I did pluck up the courage to finally film a youtube video! It's something that I've wanted to do since I was 13 years old and I'm pretty excited to finally begin my little Youtube adventure.
So if you'd like to see what I picked up on my little shopping spree, or you're just interested to hear what I sound like after following my blog for a while, then feel free to click on my face below and watch my first video! Or you can click here to be transported to my channel homepage.
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20 LESSONS IN 20 YEARS


Today's post is a little bit more of a personal one. You may or may not have noticed that over the past week or so I've been on a blogging hiatus. It wasn't an intentional thing at all, it's just that my 20th birthday fell on a Wednesday - Wednesday the 24th to be precise -  and I seemingly took just about the longest long weekend you can possibly take off. Having so much time to myself has led to me do quite a bit of reflecting on the past 20 years of my life. Whilst my journey to two decades may not have been a graceful one, I made it! 

The past 20 years have been filled with love and laughter. I've fallen in love, had my heartbroken, fallen out of love, made life long friends, done some appallingly stupid things, made some hard decisions and finally begun to understand who I am and what I want from life. "Isn't that what all teens do" I hear you shout, yes, yes it is! But in the hope of adding a little more of my own personality into my blog, I thought I would share with you 20 life lessons I've learned in 20 years - be warned I have pulled these pictures from the archive!
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PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING # 3 // NARS LUMINOUS WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION

It's been a long time since I added a new post to my 'Products I regret buying' series. However, there are still plenty of products sitting in my makeup drawer that I resent buying and stare at with bitter disappointment. Today I'm going to focus on one product in particular that wasn't all that I hoped it would be, and that is my NARS ALL DAY LUMINOUS WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION. 

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// VALENTINES DAY MAKEUP LOOK //

I've seen a couple of Valentines makeup looks floating around the blogosphere,  so I thought that I may as well throw my own suggestion out there too. I've tried my best to create a versatile look with a dramatic eye, that could easily be transitioned from day to night with nothing but the swipe of a lipstick. 
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VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE FOR HER


I thought it only right to balance the tables and follow my valentines gift guide for him with one for her. Being a girl myself I do feel a little more qualified writing this post than I did writing the former. That being said, I will introduce this post with the same message - spending your time with your loved one/s on Valentines day is more valuable than any gift ever will be. So if you're really looking to make each other swoon write each other heartfelt cards, go out to dinner or stay in with a bottle of wine and watch Netflix. Gifts are great, but they're only the cherry on top of the cake (and who wants the cherry without the cake right?!)

With that out of the way, whether you're buying for your wife, girlfriend, mom, sister or daughter this Valentines day, here are a couple of ideas for you to think about.
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VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

If I am completely honest, each year I find buying my boyfriend a Valentines Day gift to be a very stressful exercise. I understand that the 14th of Feb is about spending time with loved ones, and expressing appreciation and gratitude towards each other and not about material possessions. But I find myself wondering, why not spoil each other when you can!?

If you're not one for getting soppy at this time of year, or you simply haven't had time to put all he effort you would have liked to into your other half's gift, then don't worry! I've quickly whipped up a list of last minute gifts that could save the day. 
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BANISH THE JANUARY BLUES WITH LOTTIE LONDON

Being a part time waitress in a hotel that implements a strict uniform, means that it isn't often I have opportunity to wear nail polish and when the opportunity's do arise for pretty coloured nails I often forget to paint my fingertips or simply don't have the time to do so. I've never been one for biting or picking at my nails so they are a good length and quite strong too!  So when I do find the time to sit down and paint my nails it really does feel like a little treat.
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NARS + STEVEN KLEIN DEAD OF SUMMER DUAL INTENSITY EYESHADOW PALETTE

I've been stuck in an eyeshadow rut for around two years now. If i'm not using a combination of Bootycall and Tease from Urban Decays Naked Palette 2, then instead I'm using a combination of Dust and Nooner from their third renowned Naked Palette. Whilst the versatility of all the Naked Palettes is undeniable, recently I've just been craving something more. 
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A FEW CHRISTMASSY MAKEUP GIFTS

When my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas  I wasn't quite sure what to tell them. I knew I wanted makeup as my stash is woefully depleted. However, having not been as fully immersed in the blogging world as I would have liked to have been over the past two years,  I didn't know where to start! So I grabbed my laptop and begin wading through a sea of luxury beauty gift guides and wish lists. Unfortunately now I also have a beauty wish list as long as my left arm, but that's another post in it's self.

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS // 2016


Photo not my own - taken from weheartit.com


















I know, I know, every blogger ever seems to make a 'My New Years Resolutions' post. I think that everybody is so keen to publish their goals on the internet in front of everybody because it really does push you to try harder to achieve them. That's partly the reason I'm writing about my goals on here, partly so I can look back at the end of 2017 and see whether or not I managed to achieve any of my aims, and partly because I want my blog to be a bigger part of my life in the coming year. With that said, it seems only fitting to begin this post by talking about the goals I have more my blog...

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