Saturday, 29 June 2013

Beauty Review: 'They're Real' Benefit Mascara

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Hi guys!

First off let me apologise for delaying a new post for so long - it's been yet another busy week but I will admit to having my lazy moments and not spending as much time on my blog as I should have, so that I will own up to! I will get back to all of you soon, respond to your comments and make a visit to your blogs :-) thanks for being patient with me!

Today's post is going to be a product review for the wildly popular mascara of the moment, Benefit's 'They're Real' Mascara!

I actually got this mascara free with an issue of Elle magazine about a month or so ago, which I was ecstatic about since I'd been wanting to try it for a while, but didn't fancy paying the full amount of £20 without even knowing whether it'd be any good or not.

It's only a small tube, but really worth it considering I paid only £4 for the magazine, and the small tubes of mascara costing about £10 in most cosmetic stores!

I loved the packaging of this mascara - the black and orange colours are so eye-catching and dramatic, you can tell this is the kind of result you're going to get from using the product!

As soon as I opened the box I was immediately impressed with the size of the brush. I'm surprised they even managed to fit it into that tiny tube, but the brush is nice and big, perfect for dramatic lashes. I also noticed the end of the spoolie, where they have extra bristles pointing vertically to extend the very tops of your lashes even more. I actually used to do this anyway with my old mascaras, but since they now have a particular feature for this step, it makes application even more effective!

Here are the results:

I have to admit, whilst the results are considerably impressive, I did have a tricky time actually applying the stuff. Because of the brush's big size, I found it slightly difficult to avoid clumpiness, and did end up with quite a bit of a mess on my eyelids, as you can see! (Not exactly flattering close-ups, I know, but I figured you all ought to see the honest outcome!)

I read a review on this product prior to writing this and noticed that some people find that it doesn't go clumpy - but I'd say this is actually the biggest downside to the product. Whilst, yes, it extends my lashes tremendously as well as adding thickness, I found it did have the tendency to make my lashes too clumpy, and  therefore wasn't that impressed.

Another thing that slightly disappointed me was that I didn't notice any tremoundous difference to what I would normally achieve with my own lashes - previously, I had a mascara routine that consisted of three (yes, three!) different mascaras, just for all different uses. One was to simply darken (Great Lash) the next to lengthen (Rimmel London Lash Accelerator) and lastly, to thicken and add volume (Rimmel London ScandalEyes). These are all fairly affordable brands in comparison to 'They're Real', and I actually got a less clumpy result with my previous routine!

You could argue that having one mascara like this one to do the job instead of three would be a much better deal, and you'd be getting what you paid for, but for me, my old lash routine worked perfectly fine and I would stick by that one, rather than using this one on it's own. There's just something about this product that makes it also very easy to end up with spidery looking lashes, which I'm not too much of a fan of!

However, once I reverted back to my old lash routine again, I decided one day to go a step further - and add They're Real as a finishing touch. Thinking this would likely wreck my lashes, it actually did something wonderful. It extended my lashes even longer (bearing in mind I didn't go crazy with it) and gave me the kind of dramatic false eyelashes look I was hoping for. 

And now, when I compare my old lash routine without the Benefit mascara, to my eyelashes when I've done the lash routine PLUS added the fourth step of the Benefit mascara, the results are considerably different! It was from this discovery that I found They're Real does work wonders after all. In fact, I get compliments on them all the time, and I've had people say they look just like false lashes.

Still, even without all the other mascaras, I can't complain too much about it. Even on it's own it does a good job, and could just be me being fussy. I don't know if I'll ever pay the full amount for a bigger tube, as I just find paying that much for a mascara is slightly ridiculous, I would consider paying for the little one again. 

It does make a difference, and I'm sure I'll miss it once it runs out!

  • Dramatic length and volume
  • Noticeable difference compared to other mascara's
  • Long-lasting results
  • Deep black colour
  • Works perfectly to thicken long lashes, or extend thick lashes
  • Pricey :-(
  • A bit tricky to apply
  • Messy!
  • Can become clumpy if not applied carefully

So there we have it! They're Real Benefit Mascara. All in all a fantastic product, even if slightly overpriced - I still would recommend! 

What do you guys think of this mascara? Did you get a similar result to me? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you all found this review helpful - have a wonderful weekend :-)

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Miss Friday's Fab Fridays: What I've Learnt About Loving Others (And Myself!)

Friday, 21 June 2013

Hi everyone! How are we all this Friday evening? 
Today's topic is going to be about love, as I feel this is a pretty major theme in my life right now.

I'm not gonna lie, today's been a little bit, eh, depressing.. (I'm sure you can tell from my moody looking selfies!).
 I don't want to be one of those bloggers that gets too personal into their love life, or life in general, but basically, I had plans today that someone cancelled last minute, after me spending ages getting ready and genuinely looking forward to it. I don't know whether the reason for cancelling was an excuse or not, but either way, this seemed to put me in a mood for the rest of the day.

I did decide to go out anyway, but it wasn't until I got home that I realised I can't spend the rest of the night moping around, feeling sorry for myself. As much as today's events have risen doubts and caused me to feel sad, there is a real issue here of me feeling like I should use other people's actions towards me as a way of defining myself. Whenever there's some kind of situation going on with a guy, I always succumb to believe that if they don't reciprocate my feelings and treat me the way I know I deserve to be treated, then this deems me 'unworthy' and unlovable.

Obviously, this is my problem, and I know exactly why it happens. Well, I presume I've got it figured out. I feel like I define myself by men, or compliments, or approval or love because I don't love myself, or treat myself the way I should be treated. I rabbit on about how it's important, and how everybody should be independent and learn to like themselves before ever getting into a relationship, yet I don't act accordingly to my own beliefs. I tell myself all these things, aspire to 'walk my talk', but never really do. So things have got to change!

From now on I'm going to try my best to stop depending on others for approval and confirmation that I am a worthy, wonderful person, because I already am. I even cringe as I write this because it sounds so conceited for me to say it, but yes, I love and respect myself. Maybe not completely  maybe not yet, but eventually, I will. I will learn to. The only person I'll ever need in my life is myself, and hey, if I find love, that's great. But genuine love for myself, first, is the most important thing, and always will be.

So, I'm going to stop sulking, stop wishing things were different, stop endlessly seeking for reassurance/affection, and just enjoy being single! If you're feeling the same lately and begin to question your worth whenever you're single or a stupid boy screws you over, then I suggest you do the same. Spend some time with yourself, alone, do what you want to do and do what you love. Instead of putting your heart and energy into someone who doesn't deserve it, invest those things in yourself. It will be worth it, I promise!

Or, think about everything else you're grateful to have in your life right now - as I'm about to do!

Half price Oreo ice cream, plus a 50p coupon, so I got it for £1.50. Call me stingy but that is a pretty sweet deal, and I will be devouring it tonight! Getting silly drunk at a house party this Wednesday - but I met some awesome people and had a great time, so all in all, good night My wardrobe - I do bang on about how I always need more clothes, and hate the ones I own, but after having a good look today, I do have some pretty decent things. I just need to stop saving the nice things for special occasions! Warm summer nights The lovely response I had to my 'Embracing The Beauty That Is You' post - you guys really seemed to like it, so thank you! Enjoying the perks of singledom - doing what I want, when I want,  and no drama Bright pink lipstick. I can''t stop wearing this shade! Fake tan almost fooling people into thinking I have tanned naturally (I wish!) Smoothies. I tried one from Cafe Nero today, Raspberry, Orange, and Green Tea. So delicious Getting this REAL silver ring from Debenhams, for £6!! I love summer sales Lilac nail polish. Absolutely loving this colour for nails this season

Hope you've all had a fantastic week, and have an even better weekend - thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

My Ombre Hair Care Routine: Stage 2 'Strawberry Blonde'

Thursday, 20 June 2013
Hi all! How's everyone's week going?

So, I know this post is long overdue, since I actually completed 'stage 2' of my ombre hair colour about a month ago, but since I've nothing to do today apart from nurse my hangover in bed, I thought there's no better time like the present!

If you haven't seen the first post of my transformation into ombre hair, click here if you fancy a read. In case you're wondering, my long-term aim for my ombre hair is to have the ends very light blonde, which of course, involves bleaching it. Since my hair is quite prone to damage (I used to murder it with straighteners) I decided that it'd be healthier for my hair to gradually go blonde in stages, rather than bleaching it all in one go.

So, here we are - my second step-by-step to blonde (sort of) ombre hair!

The Dye

For the second part of my dying process, I chose L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre in No3, after previously using shade No1 for my first transition into ombre. I decided to skip straight ahead to shade No3 instead of No2 because, honestly, the colours on the boxes don't look that different. And aside from that, I figured it probably wouldn't make a major difference to the ombre I already had, so thought I would take the quicker route to blonde!

However, the reason I've used the term 'strawberry blonde' for my hair's current ombre state is because I feel this is the shade that best describes it. If you're brunette like myself, you're very unlikely to get a true blonde colour from using this dye alone, especially first time! And, the second reason, is simply because in some lights, it does look more gingery than blonde (see picture below)

But hey, don't stress too much - it clearly looks blonder in very bright sunlight too!

Wash Routine

For my wash routine, I'm basically using the same products I was using previously in my first stage of Ombre. I haven't felt I needed to change anything exactly, but, as what seems to be a very common after effect of this dye, my hair did look considerably more ginger after I had dyed it. However, fear not, there are products to combat this!

  • Shampoo Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo massaged into the roots (sometimes I shampoo twice to give a thorough cleanse).
  • I then follow this step with an intense deep conditioning treatment, like  Andrew Barton's 'Frizz Tamer' Mask or  Pantene's 2min Deep Repair Masque for normal-thick hair. Any intense repair mask for damaged hair is great when done at least once a week, and is especially important for freshly bleached hair (dry frizzy hair? Bleugh, no thanks!) Oh, and leave it on a little longer than it recommends for seriously shiny locks. :-)
  • Now the last but not least product I use to finish with -  Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Conditioner. This stuff has been my life saver, as it basically lightens your bleached hair with the lilac colour to counteract and wash out any brassy, yellow tones. Honestly, it works! Plus, the bottle lasts forever. Even more brilliant.

Especially so for bleached hair, it's very important to give it some extra tender loving care with products designed specifically to help damaged hair that little bit more.

After I come out the shower, I always apply Aussie Dual Personality Anti-Frizz + Conditioning Milk. Even if you have don't curly hair like mine prone to frizz without the added nuisance of bleached side effects, it's a good idea to use this kind of stuff as your hair will, sadly, suffer the consequences for the first week or two :-( but, keep using leave-in conditioners or the like to tame your tresses and you'll be fine!

Another product I've just recently bought and tried is the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream. This is actually supposedly for naturally wavy hair, but I figured it can't hurt to try and 'tousle' my tight curls after a hair wash. Can also be used on dry hair too (but only a small amount!)

Lastly, before using any heat appliances, I always spritz on a hair protecting spray - at the moment I'm using Charles Worthington Protect Salon Finish Heat Defence Spray. I'm not minding it so far, and it's not too sticky, but I feel like it dries too quickly and doesn't quite cover my huge mane of hair completely. But hey, if it does the job, I can't complain.

And voila! There you have it, my 'strawberry blonde' ombre hair colour..

In a few weeks, I'm actually going to take the blonde plunge once and for all, and get my hair properly bleached blonde at the ends. I can't wait to see the end results, and I will be posting pictures and another step-by-step if you're interested, so keep your eye out!

How do you guys feel about this shade of ombre? If you have any questions at all about the dye or anything else, post em in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Have a great weekend!

Update: My ombre hair is now complete! See the final result (stage three) here *

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Embracing The Beauty That Is You: 3 Steps To Silence Your Harsh Inner Voice

Saturday, 15 June 2013

“A beautiful thing is never perfect.”

Today's post is going to be a little different from my usual type, but something that's quite important to me and something I feel reflects the true mission of my blog. I actually submitted this article to TinyBuddha first, but after having it turned down (due to the website preferring not to post content centering around physical appearances - fair enough!) I decided that there would be no better place to post the article than right here on my own blog. I feel that, especially as a fashion and beauty blogger, there is a certain pressure to appear perfect and immaculate day in day out, and the focus of 'beauty' is primarily based on a very physical level.
Whilst I make the effort to dress nice, do my make-up right, and try to help others feel better about their own appearances, I want to stress that beauty is about much more than that. Beauty is a much deeper part of ourselves, underneath all the make-up and stylish clothes, and is as much about our attitude and thoughts than what we actually look like.
So today, I offer you my own practical advice on feeling better about yourself and learning to embrace your beauty - not through make-up tutorials or fashion tips, but from changing your perspective, and overall body image. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago, I came across this video. Summed up, it sends the powerful message that we are more beautiful than we think, and like to allow ourselves to believe.

It really struck a chord with me. While watching, I noticed similar traits in the people describing themselves that I also see in myself.

Whenever describing or ‘visualising’ myself, I always seem to paint the worst picture. My flaws are magnified and are the only things I seem to pick up on.

Of course, these flaws could be imagined, or barely noticeable to the everyday eye. But to me, and I’m sure to many other people out there, these flaws are very real to us.

They are how we define ourselves, and our worth.

Whether it’s the dark circles under your eyes, the bump on your nose, the few blemishes on your skin (or all three, in my case) we, as human beings, tend to pick out the least ‘attractive’ things about ourselves, focus on how we can disguise them or somehow ignore their existence, and assume that these are the first things people notice when they meet us.

I have most certainly lived my life like this. In a way, for so long, I’ve lived in fear, because I’ve been fearful of judgement. This fear of judgement has been completely based on my appearance, and for some reason, I’ve always made terrible assumptions that people will judge me for these perceived ‘flaws’ of mine, and reject me in some cruel way.

All on first impressions!

Obviously, my idea of beauty for many years of my life has been somewhat superficial. Very superficial, I should say. Perhaps it is because, when growing up, we are bombarded with media’s physical idea of ‘beauty’, and are brainwashed with lies of perfection.

Perhaps it all comes down to comparing myself so unfairly to others. Maybe it’s hurtful comments I’ve received in the past, or maybe it’s a lack of self-love and inner worth. Maybe it’s all four of those things combined.

But, it all comes down to this: the human race is a lot kinder than we allow ourselves to believe. It’s true. I know what you may be thinking – “but what about all those terrible bullies in school who made me feel like crap/ said mean things/ told me how ugly I am” – I know.

But, as I am beginning to realise myself, it is ourselves who are our own harshest critic.

We have to remember that the people who told us these negative things, that we’ve grown to believe is the truth, are a minority, and don’t reflect the truth about us at all.
As this video showed me, humans are a lot kinder than we might think. It amazed me to see how, rather than picking out each other’s flaws and imperfections, other people honestly saw the best assets in others – it was only in themselves that they were most cruel and negative about their appearance.

Not only is this enlightening to know, but it gives me a great sense of freedom in knowing that, rather than assuming people will always see the worst in me, people will actually, more often than not, notice the great things about us.

And, sometimes, these things that we hate about ourselves, or deem immediately as ‘flaws’, could be the things that others love about us. The things that other people actually find the most endearing and beautiful.

After this discovery, it’s apparent to me now that when it comes down to it, the only thing standing in the way between ourselves and a good-self image is, well, us.

The key to really believing that we are beautiful comes down to our perspective, and ours alone. Thankfully, our perspectives can easily be changed to our benefit, and so I have come up with three simple steps to change your perspective and silence your inner critic:


The first, and most important step in my eyes, is self-awareness. What I mean by this is really acknowledging the idea that you have this ‘fixed’ perception of yourself. Over your life, you have formed this irrational, degrading perception of who you are based most likely on negative views of yourself and negative opinions from others.

You have allowed these cruel words and thoughts to form an ‘image’ or idea in your head of what you look like and who you are.

And before you question this, watch the video – the idea of perception is easily witnessed and even the participants themselves begin to realise what a biased, unnecessarily harsh view they’ve had on themselves for so long.

Acknowledge this perception of yours, and you will open yourself up to the possible belief that it most likely isn’t the absolute truth.


The next step is self-acceptance, and is so important in learning to embrace all aspects of your beauty. You may have things you don’t like about yourself, insecurities you’re ashamed of, but the reality is, we all do. Every single one of us.

You are not alone in this, and you may feel helpless in what you can do to change that.

For many years, I believed plastic surgery was the answer. I relied on other people’s opinions and validation to believe anything nice about myself.

But the truth is – learning to live with these things comes from accepting them.

When you accept your ‘flaws’, you’re accepting the idea that they are small flaws in your mind, but may not be to everyone else. You’re acknowledging the fact that there are things about yourself you aren’t so keen on, but you’re rising above it, realising they aren’t so important, and learning to value yourself on a bigger scale by appreciating the wonderful things you do like. Which brings me to my next step…


Self-love comes in a variety of forms, and self-love in general is definitely a vital ingredient to developing a good self-image – but, when it comes down to your outer appearance, loving yourself means appreciating the miracle that is you. It isn’t called self-hate for a reason. You are not picking out the things you dislike and reminding yourself of how much you hate them over and over – but, rather, you are noticing the things you do like, learning to really love them and embrace them in every way you can.

Learning to be positive about your appearance day in, day out is a true reflection of self-love. And when we practice self-love, it is harder and harder for that inner nagging voice to creep back into our minds.

Learn to see yourself the way those who love you, see you. More than likely, they are not even looking at your minor imperfections. They are admiring your true beauty, and the things that are most striking about you.

Do the same for yourself. Why shouldn’t you treat yourself in the same, kind, positive way?

You deserve it, and you deserve to start embracing the beautiful human being that is you.

It will likely take time – I am still on that journey myself. But I’m positive we can all get there.

What is one thing you like about yourself? 

Hope you guys liked the post - remember, you are beautiful!

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Miss Friday's Fab Fridays: First Fortnight Of June

Friday, 14 June 2013

Hello lovelies! How are we all this evening?

Yes, my Fab Fridays are finally back, and oh how I've missed them! 

As we all know, I finally finished for my summer holidays last week, and I'll be honest, since then, I've actually been feeling a little grumpy. I'm not really sure why, but I think the mixture of not having anything to do and not feeling like doing anything has been getting me down - I'm so used to doing stuff and being busy all the time that now I'm actually free to do what I want, I feel like I've lost my sense of purpose!

And, even though I've had stuff planned for me to do during the summer and spend my time on, I just haven't been in the mood to do any of it. Again, not sure why,  but I'm beginning to realise that I'm probably a bit exhausted and drained after such a stressful exam period. I've only been off a week and I'm already trying to push myself to do a million things at once - no wonder I don't feel up to it yet!

So, as a result of my temper tantrums, impatience, and loss of optimism the past week, I decided that what I really need is some reflection and moment of gratitude. It's occured to me a lot lately that as soon as my bad moods occur, it's usually because I've returned to taking everything for granted in my life and not focusing on the things that make me happy. Then I realised that I hadn't done a Fab Fridays in quite some time - essentially proving that when we make the effort to reflect on our lives weekly or daily and remind ourselves of all the things we should be grateful for, we are constantly giving ourselves a reason to be happy - and therefore become happy!

I already feel happier just by collecting a portion of the photos I've taken over the past two weeks from the beginning of this month and putting them into this pretty collage. It kinda makes you realise how beautiful your life is, and all the wonderful things that happen that we seamlessly overlook far too often.

Life has it's bad moments, just like I'll occasionally get my temper tantrums. But when you look at the whole picture and stop to smell the roses, it eventually gets a whole lot sweeter. Our imperfections and weak moments just add to that beauty.

Here are some of my highlights from the past fortnight of June!

Sunny weather in Southport for at least a week (before the return of the rain today, of course!)  My holiday to France in exactly 28 days. Did I mention I'm excited?  Getting asked by designer eyewear brand Warby Parker to write a post for their brand new Ocean Avenue collection - read the post here.  Watching cheesy chick flicks with my best friend - Confessions Of A Shopaholic was today's choice!  Achieving pretty waves with my hair - the curls basically flew out within 5 minutes, but the waves still look cute.  My Be-You-Tiful t-shirt from Body Gossip, a campaign aiming to improve the body image of women everywhere - and prove that all sizes are gorgeous!  Happy hour frappuccino's. I had way too many, but the Mocha Cookie Crumbles and Triple Caramels are to die for (I spent only £1 on them, might I add)  Getting treated to a lovely meal at the posh (and expensive) Saracen's Head for my sister's 21st birthday - look at the delicious food! Oh, and the walk by the Canal afterwards. It was a stunning evening! Stuffing my face with domino's pizza on the actual day of my sister's birthday. Getting out the maxi dresses for summer once again. They are timeless and cosy! Ending up in a park this morning on my weekly jog (not the first time it's happened - too fun to resist though) Working out and eating healthily to get toned for the summer - I admit I've hated this 'healthy eating' so far but I'm just going to keep focussing on the benefits!

What's made your week especially great? Have an amazing weekend guys, and thanks for stopping by!


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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Dress Addict: "Princess Peach" Dress #3

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

This post is part of an ongoing series of my addiction to dresses and insight into my endless collection. Read the first post here.

Hello Stylicias! 

How are we all? Enjoying the summer I hope!

I know it's been a while since I did a new 'Dress Addict' post. In fact, I believe the last one I did was actually in April (woopsie!). Which, is pretty shocking, as I did make out that I was going to be doing them everyday, but I feel like I should also apologise for bringing out another late post in general.. it's taking some getting used to getting back into a consistent routine haha, but I'll keep trying!

But, now that I have a lot more free time and am no longer incredibly busy, I have the time for this series to continue again. Yay. And I promise, this time, they will be more frequent!

Let's unveil dress number 3... 
 Princess Peach 

The Story Behind It:

This beauty is about eight months old, and was received as a gift in October 2012 from a friend with excellent taste. 
I got this dress as a 19th birthday present, and I believe it is again from one of the best high street stores around, H&M

I chose the name 'Princess Peach' for this one because, asides from resembling the Super Mario Brothers character Peach and her poofy pink dress, it's one of those dresses that whenever you throw it on, you instantly feel like a princess!

My friend certainly made the right choice in buying this for me - I've always been a girly girl, my favourite colour is the same as it was when I was nine (pink!) and, clearly, I'm a sucker for pretty dresses.

It's feminine, classy, floaty - and comfy! So, it was my staple piece dress for Spring for all of these reasons.

My dress rating:

I have nothing bad to say about this one - it's versatile enough to wear as a cute daytime assemble or at a party with a pair of heels!

Dress (unsure of price!) | H&M
Lace Heels | Next

What do you lot think of dress number 3? Like it? I'd love to hear what you think!

Have an amazing week everybody :-)

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Summer Bucket List!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013
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I'm back!

And, relax..

Phew. What an exhausting, busy, stressful, and mad past couple of weeks. I had my last exam for the summer today, and now I have officially finished college until September - yay!

You would not believe how glad I am to throw all those revision notes behind me for good, and begin to actually enjoy my summer holidays.. It feels so good to even be back here on my blog, able to connect with you all again, and get things back to normal. I'm home at last!

Now I finally have time to breathe again, I figured why not make a bucket list for all of the things I want to actually do this summer. It honestly felt kinda weird coming home and having nothing to do for a change, and while I do enjoy relaxing, I don't want these next few months to fly by without me having achieved anything productive.. or fun!

I remember seeing some Spring Bucket lists back when it was only approaching March/April (wow, can't believe it's June already - where has the year gone?!) and I thought 'hey, I'd like to have a go at that'. Except, now it's summer, and spring is kinda over.. but now is my chance to do one for the summer!

So here goes, my summer to-do list. Feel free to add any of these to your own bucket lists!

Read books. Lots of them.
- Eat Pray Love
- Skinny Bitch
- Some book about conquering overeating that I can't remember the name of!
- Bobbi Brown make-up manual and Lauren Conrad Beauty book (see below)
- Matthew Hussey's 'Get The Guy' No, I'm not desperate to find a man and settle down, and I would never normally buy a dating advice book, but this guy is good!! I really think he could teach me a thing or two about the confusing male species. Plus, he's hot. Need I say more? Google him if you don't believe me.
- The Tools
- What Would Audrey Do?

I'm clearly a bit obsessed with self-help books!

Give my blog some t.l.c I feel like I've neglected my blog over the past month or so, but now I have the chance, I really want to get back into the gist of things again. I'm currently reconsidering the whole 'new post must be out everyday thing' - even though I had to stop doing that while exams were happening, the world didn't end because my schedule was a bit all over the place. In fact, I feel like it gave me a much needed break, and now I have a clearer vision for exactly how I want my blog to be. I've seen plenty of successful blogs running that don't post consistently everyday, and honestly, what's the point in constantly scheduling  new posts if the content is, well, rubbish? Good content will always be better, even if it's not out on a daily basis!

Oh, and as for good content, I'm going to make sure I keep doing more outfit posts, beauty reviews, and continue on with my Dress Addict series. Stuff that's helpful to others as it is to me!

Get fit in time for my holiday I've got my bikinis at the ready and now I just need to make sure I feel comfortable wearing them - that means keeping an eye on my diet, running every week, losing my gym virginity and generally just getting more exercise. My main enemy is motivation, but with the glorious weather we're having lately, I have no excuse to not get out of the house. I refuse to let myself stay cooped up indoors!

Become a make-up pro When I was having a little browse around Waterstones on Monday (I love spending time in book shops. Am I the only one who loves the atmosphere of those places?) I could not keep my eyes off the chunky pretty make-up books. It's not even that I want to be a make-up artist or anything, but I just really really love make-up - I love experimenting with things, mastering looks, and generally findings new ways to accentuate my features. Lauren Conrad and Bobbi Brown's Make-Up Manual particularly caught my eye. Besides, the more I learn new stuff.. the more I can share it with you guys!!

Look after my skin Similar to the make-up one, but I feel like I struggle in looking after my skin because I don't know exactly how to. I've read loads of articles, advice, tips, product reviews, tried many different products, and while they make my skin feel good (if used routinely and religiously), they don't exactly improve the appearance of those pesky spots. And my skin's an annoying combination mix of oily and dry right now. And yeah, I know the obvious ones are 'drink loads of water' and 'eat healthily' but come on, let's be realistic! I think an appointment at the dermatologist is needed.

Create A Summer Playlist This is mainly for my long car ride to France in a month that I'll have to endure, but I fancy sticking some high quality songs (yes, off iTunes for a change) onto my ipod to cheer me up whenever I'm in damp spirits and instantly get me in that summer lovin' mood. 

Get my Cinderella on Instead of spring cleaning, now that I actually have the time do it, tidying and cleaning is my main priority! I think my room has turned into a direct reflection of how stressed I've been feeling lately and the accumulation of mess that's piled up is shocking. I need to:
- Tidy/Empty Drawers
- Sort out wardrobe (you should see how my clothes are rummaged in there at the moment. I can barely see anything I own anymore and have to keep wearing the same stuff at the front to avoid venturing through the back)
- Try to keep my room tidy. Clear room, clear mind!

Get as tanned as possible. Not going to be easy, but I may splurge on some expensive Ted Baker long-lasting stuff. I'm a fair-skinned girl so unfortunately have a hard time tanning naturally (don't think I've ever developed a natural tan in my life - I am only blessed with sunburn) 

Spend the day at a beach If possible, a nice beach. That I can swim in. And sunbathe on the sand. You should see the beach where I live - I'm surprised we can even call it a beach!

Go on at least one date My pickiness in men is not getting me anywhere. I can dream can't I? Why can't my life be a Grease movie. Where's my Danny?

Be involved in a water fight If no one is having one, initiate one. Context is irrelevant. 

Save up my money And eventually start my Sociology course. Yep, in the summer. No real breaks for me! The good news is though, it's online. I just need to stop online shopping.. gah, so hard!

Get better at writing I now have a journal, I just need to make sure I keep writing in it. I'm thinking of travel writing at the moment - I'm definitely going to do that while in France! For now though, it's fun to keep writing dialogues of conversations I've eavesdropped in. Hilarious to read back on!

Practice gratitude I've been taking a lot of things for granted in my life lately, and I know this because it's when I stopped reminding myself of the good things I have in my life that I started getting grumpy again! That's just proof enough for me that it works, and gratitude is literally key to lasting happiness. Reminding myself everyday of all the wonderful things around me is the most important thing.

Spend time with friends and family One of the things I've been taking for granted and feel rather guilty over is the fact I've been taking for granted the amazing people I have in my life. I've had moments of feeling down lately because I've felt a bit lonely, but then realised that I've been the one not looking after these social relationships and pushing people away! (probably due to exam stress, but hey ho, it needs fixing). I'm focusing on being the best person I can be to those close to me, being thankful for their role in my life, and spending time with them as much as possible as well as appreciating everything they do for me - it's the least I can do for them when they do so much for me.

And that's a wrap! I actually wrote a lot more on than I had expected/planned. But the more stuff for me to focus on (that's actually down in writing) the better!

What's on your bucket lists for this summer? Is there anything you'd love to do that you've never done before?

Thanks for stopping by everyone - hope you all have an equally as wonderful summer.


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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Your Staple Piece For The Summer: The New Ocean Avenue Eyewear Collection!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Slap on your suncream and adjust your sunnies. Warby Parker's brand new eyewear collection is here - and it's looking hotter than ever.

When I was kindly asked by the lovely people at Warby Parker to write a post about their new collection of designer eyewear and sunglasses, I just couldn't resist. After feasting my eyes upon the summery shades and stylish frames, I was immediately won over, and couldn't wait to share with you all some of my favourites from the collection!

Personally, I would never write about any product that I couldn't see myself purchasing - so you can be sure that all views here are 100 percent genuine, and a true reflection of my admiration for the brand. You can be sure to trust me!

Warby Parker is a company specialising in designer eyewear and sunglasses, first founded by four friends as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear currently on the market today. They believe that no prescription should be $300+ (and I agree!) and so they set out to provide higher quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the price. The Warby Parker aesthetic is vintage-inspired with a contemporary twist, and every pair is custom fit with anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses.

Stylish and practical!

But providing a more affordable alternative to the usual pricey designer eyewear wasn't their only mission - the company has a much deeper purpose, and one I find considerably admirable. According to the website, almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses. This means that 15% of the global population cannot effectively learn or work, and Warby Parker are determined to address this. 

So, for every pair of glasses sold, they teamed up with VisionSpring to ensure that that a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Generosity has never been so easy - and now we can help.

The Collection - Inspiration Behind Ocean Avenue

Upon 'oohing' and 'aahing' at the the beautiful designs of sunglasses and glasses I had exclusive first access to, one word and one word only came into mind for the vibe of this collection - summer. The 8 optical frames and 14 sunglasses are custom acetate, and feature brand new hues like Sea Glass Blue, Driftwood, Orange Fizz, and Chocolate Soda

What really interested me, however, is the source of inspiration for the collection - taken from 1979 thriller cult film, The Warriors. They strived to commemorate the similar lawlessness of a bygone summer with a film of their own, and Chrissie Miller teamed up with director Cass Bird and stylist Turner to stage a Warby Parker-style beachside scuffle in the form of a dance-off in the setting of Coney Island. Co-founder and CEO Nathan Blumenthal gave his insight into the collection:
The collection and the film celebrate the fun and mischief of summer in New York, and nothing is more classic summer in the city than escaping to the Coney Island boardwalk and eating Nathan’s with your friends
On discussing the inspiration behind the photoshoot, Miller says:

“You feel like you’ve stepped into a time warp. We wanted it to feel like it could have been shot in the ‘70s, or it could have been shot yesterday.”
And that's just how I'd imagine it. Retro shades, basking in the sun, sand between your toes. Bliss!

Here are just some of my favourites from the collection.. 

Jasper in Orange Fizz (as seen at the top of this post)

Winston in Ginger Lemonade

Sayles in Driftwood

Wheeler in Chocolate Soda

Winston in Cream Soda

Winston in Ginger Lemonade

And of course, this pair of Preston glasses in Sea Glass Blue.
Kinda makes me wish I needed glasses so I could wear these - the colour is a true envision of a beautiful summer ocean - you could almost dip your toes in it.

And don't forget - this is just is a portion of the wide variety in the collection available. There are so many more unique designs on the website, so check out the rest of the sunglasses here and eyewear here!

This gorgeous new collection launches today, so make sure to get your hands on a pair! Prices start at $95.

This summer's Ocean Avenue Collection is one for the boardwalk truants, amateur spongers, and aspiring beach bums.

What do you guys think of the collection? Which pair is your favourite?!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and have a beautiful week.

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