Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Highlights

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Hey guys! Don't worry, I'm not dead and I haven't forgotten about my blog. These days I have so much going on with university and other commitments that I've really struggled to find the time to devote to writing on here. I mean, I guess I could have kept posting short articles, but I'd rather provide you guys with quality than quantity. Rushed work is never good! And even though I've now finished uni for Christmas, I still have about four different assignments due for January, so that's where my priorities will have to lie for now.

That said, this month I've decided to share some of my best moments of 2015 and the past 12 months in general.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR WARDROBE! \\ Autumn Wishlist with WithChic

Sunday, 11 October 2015

There are many reasons why I love Autumn, or as some of my American readers may know it as - Fall. 

Not only does my birthday fall on the 27th of this month (I'm going to be 22 in case you were wondering!), there's also Halloween to look forward to, all the fancy dress parties, more excuses to spend cosy nights staying in and keeping warm etc... I could go on forever!

But what I really love is the change of fashion: the new season brings a whole new selection of gorgeous trends, and WithChic have got some fantastic pieces perfect for the fall season to choose from.

Here are some of my favourites I spotted, specially handpicked to provide you with both style and comfort!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

HAPPY BIRCHDAY! // September 2015 #Birchbox

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Well, September is over, and what a busy month it was. Settling back into university, preparing to get back into a work-hard state of mind, and trying to gently transition back into the season of Autumn. All a little bit stressful!

Luckily, Birchbox's September edition lifted my spirits and helped me feeling pampered again. It's all too easy to neglect your appearance and forget to take care of yourself when you're suddenly swamped with deadlines and responsibilities again, after a long relaxing summer.

But Birchbox arrived at my door like a knight in shining armor, and I am super excited to share with you what was in this month's box!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

MY FIRST BIRCHBOX! // August 2015 #BeautyJunkie

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hey guys! Today's post features an exciting new series I'll be doing showcasing the wonderful Birchbox monthly subscription.

If you haven't heard of Birchbox, they're basically a subscription service that send you brand new beauty treats each month, right to your front door. Being an avid beauty product lover myself, I'd wanted to try these for ages, and have been very impressed so far!

The month of August was the #BEAUTYJUNKIE special, and contained many exciting goodies. Here's my review on each of the items and what I loved about August's birchbox. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

UV Indicator Wristbands: The New Way To Protect your Skin in the Sun!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Most of us tend to underestimate the importance of looking after our skin in the summer. Whether you've been going abroad on holiday, spending hours on the beach, or trekking around your local city and baring your skin in short shorts, I'll bet you've been exposing yourself to the sun in copious amounts.

But sun protection is a big deal: not only can it bring on wrinkles at a younger age, it also poses huge risks to the likes of skin cancer.

"In some cases, the sun causes an uneven increase in melanin production, which produces irregular coloring (pigmentation) of the skin. The sun can also cause a permanent stretching of small blood vessels, giving your skin a mottled, reddish appearance." - 

Introducing Smartsun UK

Thursday, 3 September 2015

This Foundation Could be a Game Changer

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Do you ever come across a beauty gem so wonderful you immediately felt the compelling urge to write about it?

True Match Super Blendable Foundation from L'Oreal Paris has made me feel this way. 

After somehow losing my favourite brand of foundation last week, Dream Satin Liquid by Maybelline New York, I was desperately on the hunt for a new one to replace it. Using Rimmel London's BB Cream as a sole substitute wasn't quite living up to the job: I have very problematic, acne-prone skin, and whilst it worked well as a primer, it did a poor job of covering up my blemishes. :(

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Fashion: A superficial facade or part of who we are?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hey everyone!

Today's article is going to be something rather different to what I'd normally post on my blog but something which I think will (hopefully!) be just as interesting. Doing a combined degree at university involving Creative Writing, we're currently looking at the topic of 'identities', and what exactly contributes to our identity. We've been given the assignment to create a piece on whatever we like involving this particular topic, so it got me thinking: what makes me me? What do I see as being part of my identity?

Being a fashion blogger, I had the idea of using this to my advantage by creating a blog post specifically on this topic: is fashion simply a marketing propaganda, depleting the sense of individuality or is at the very core of a person's identity? I also aim to discuss just how I feel fashion has formed a part of my identity growing up: as I'm sure most of you fellow bloggers can relate, and I would love to hear your opinions in the comments after reading. Enjoy!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Thin VS Thick Hair: How To Look After Yours

Monday, 20 April 2015

As a 21 year old girl spending the majority of her life trying to deal with and make the best out of thick hair, I understand the struggles us thick-haired girls face. Years of taming, trimming, and styling have helped in making it thinner, and no matter what anyone says - no! - thick hair is not a blessing. That said, this infographic has made me realise you thin-haired girls have it rough too. I guess we're all in this together after all. Thanks to coolblades for creating and sharing this cool and insightful infographic with me!

I hope it helps you as much as it will help me :-)

Have a great week x

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

50 Ways to Make Yourself a Happier Person

Saturday, 11 April 2015

I loved this list so much I had to share it! Credit goes to Johhny Lists

1. Appreciate everything.
2. Stop caring about what other people think about you.
3. Get some physical exercise.
4. Laugh.
5. Fake it until you feel it.
6. Smile at everyone.
7. Find people who make you happy.
8. Accept yourself for who you are.
9. Don’t compare yourself to others.
10. Don’t live by others’ expectations.
11. Don’t pursue happiness.
12. Start making yourself a better person.
13. Give back.
14. Forgive.
15. Don’t think about yourself so much.
16. Build relationships.
17. Stop taking things so seriously.
18. Go on more walks.
19. Stay busy.
20. Be polite.
21. Be happy with your choices.
22. Have no expectations.
23. Eat well.
24. Enjoy art.
25. Take your time.
26. Breathe.
27. Sleep.
28. Fall in love.
29. Avoid social media.
30. Get some sun.
31. Go on vacation.
32. Don’t work too hard.
33. Enjoy many hobbies.
34. Avoid the things that bring artificial happiness.
35. Don’t worry about things you can’t control.
36. Stop finding reasons to be sad.
37. Go on adventures.
38. Meet new people.
39. Communicate your feelings with others.
40. Exercise your brain.
41. Drink if you want but not too much.
42. Don’t hold back.
43. Give someone something thoughtful.
44. Don’t sit so much.
45. Put your health before your career.
46. Try something new.
47. Be curious.
48. Take care of problems when they arise.
49. Be generous with compliments.

50. Take some risks.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

REVIEW: Accessory Volt Anchor Bracelet

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Hey guys!

Tonight's post is just going to be a short and sweet review on a new accessory range called Accessory Volt: the brand happens to be owned by my sister (I admittedly didn't realise until I asked her and just followed them back on Instagram regardless!!) but this post isn't promoted in any way so you can be sure I'm giving my honest thoughts. :-)

The jewelry and items are all beautifully handmade and at such great value. I purchased this gorgeous sailor-style bracelet for just £2.50 and I think it's definitely good quality for the money. It looks cute, fastens easily (and an adjustable strap too - handy if you have tiny wrists like me) and there is a massive range of chokers, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, you name it - to choose from!

I also received this adorable Oreo cookie ring as a free gift. I've owned 'food' jewelry before, like a marshmallow ring and a Starbucks necklace, so this kind of thing is right up my street :-)

There is free postage and packaging on all UK orders, so get ordering now! 

What do you think of the accessories? 
If you make a purchase please do let me know in the comments!

Check out the range here and the Instagram for Accessory Volt here

See you soon and have a great weekend xo

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Friday, 20 February 2015

How I Went From Blonde to Red in ONE Easy Application!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Hello my little beauties! 

I've noticed it's been a little while since I last did a post related to my hair, and an even longer time featuring one with a drastic hair style/colour change. Well today I have some exciting news to share - as you can probably guess by now, I've dyed my hair red!

It was a very spontaneous last-minute decision I'd made almost a month ago, now. I was actually a little hungover after a student night out in Preston, just starfishing in bed with Netflix by my side, and I got thinking: I am so bored with my blonde hair.

Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the life that blonde hair has brought me. I think there is definitely some truth to the statement 'blondes have more fun' and I did get (mostly!) positive attention. However, the root upkeep was starting to become tiresome. My very dark roots started to grow back within just two weeks of dying, but I only had the patience and funds to bleach over them at least once a month. Another thing putting me off re-bleaching my locks was the condition of my hair as a result of all this peroxide abuse.
My hair has become severely damaged from it all, even attempting to save it with intensive hair masks hasn't rescued it. It's still very dry, brittle, and full of split ends, preventing my hair from growing long again :-(

So as of now, I've decided to keep my hair this colour until I can get it long and healthy again. I may then revisit the blonde sometime in the future, but for now I'm loving how well this has turned out on me! Follow the steps below to achieve this beautiful cherry red on your own hair...

Step 1: Find a dye suitable for you

I was very apprenhensive as to which dye to choose from when I browsed down the haircare aisle at Sainsbury's. My biggest concern was that, being bleach blonde already, any attempt to turn my hair red would result in a gingery orange instead!
But luckily, I found the perfect dye that worked a treat. I used two boxes of L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in '460 Cherry Red'. This looked ideal for me as I didn't want my hair a bright Rihanna type of red, but a more dark tone. Even though the back of the box showed what the end results would look like on dark brown hair, I was able to achieve the same shade - so I would highly recommend this product for both brunettes and blondes.

Step Two: Applying the Dye

Ensure that the creme colourant and developer creme are completely blended together then begin applying to the hair. It's best to do this in sections, so begin with the ends then work your way towards the roots. I had to do this dying process by myself this time, so I used a mirror to make sure I hadn't left any blonde patches at the back! If I remember correctly, the developing time takes about 40 minutes, though I could see the colour changing within just a few minutes. I decided to leave mine on just a little longer, though, to be sure I got the deep red I was hoping for.

Shortly after rinsing out the dye

Step 3: And rinse!

Using the lovely conditioner (which made my hair incredibly soft and not frizzy at all, by the way) rinse the hair until the water runs (somewhat) clear. I say 'somewhat' because I was in for a bit of a surprise when I got in the shower! The bath started to look like something from a crime scene whilst I attempted to wash out the dye, because there was just that much red.. it was quite frightening and I thought I would be in there forever trying to rinse it all out. Eventually I accepted defeat and gave up, but thankfully that's normal with red hair. A friend of mine who used to dye her hair this colour had the same issue every time she washed it; it would constantly run out and fade quickly. Luckily I only really need to wash my hair a couple times a week, but even now, I still see the water turning a little pink when I go into the shower.

The day after; blow-dried and styled

And voila. Super easy, and I managed to achieve such a deep colour of red in just one application! A month later and I'm still loving the red; my roots coming through are barely noticeable since my hair is dark like the red, and I've had lots of compliments on it since.

The only downside to this colour is that it really does fade quickly! After about two weeks I was already noticing the colour fading and becoming more of a pinky-red than cherry red. I'm going to dye it again in probably about a week's time just so I can get the original colour back, but other than that, I've no complaints.

Just so you can see how the colour has transformed up to this point, here's some recent photos:

So there we have it! I hope this was helpful to anyone considering going red and feeling a bit unsure on where to start. All in all I'm enjoying being a redhead and would definitely recommend the hair dye I used.

If you have any questions about anything at all, don't hesitate to leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can! 

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Late Night Links

Thursday, 12 February 2015


Good evening my fellow insomniacs! Well, we are already nearly halfway into February and yet again I'm behind on updating this blog. Oops!

2015 has got off to a weird and slightly bumpy start to say the least, but I'm determined to turn that around in the next few months. No more interacting with/being around toxic people, no more beating myself up over past mistakes, and less doubting myself. What I want to experience is more adventures, working hard and making more of an effort when it comes to my degree, and making some big positive changes to my life!

So on that note, here's a couple of links I thought I'd share with you all on this very late Wednesday night. Maybe for those of you who are in the same boat and can't sleep when you need to.

Enjoy :-)

p.s new hair update/tutorial coming soon - watch this space xo

"Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist — a master — and that is what Auguste Rodin was — can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is… and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…. and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…. no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired — but it does to them. Look at her!"

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Bye Bye, 2014

Friday, 2 January 2015
Image source: Tumblr 

Hey everyone! How are we all enjoying the new year? 

I know this post is coming a little late as we're already 2 days in to 2015, but something quite eventful happened today that I felt I needed to get off my chest and write about here.

First of all, I'd just like to wish everyone a (very late!) merry Christmas and happy new year. I hope you all got what you wanted and got a little too drunk when the clock struck twelve. ;-)

Anyhoo, today I unfortunately lost someone very close to my heart. My dog Honey was very unwell last night - she's had cancer for a while now, we almost lost her a few months ago - but things took a turn for the worst and we had to call the vets round this morning to put her to sleep.

Luckily she had a long and happy life and wasn't in too much pain when it was her time to go. It was still a very sad time for all of us, though, and I for one am going to feel her absence in my life for a long time.

I don't think anyone else apart from those who have owned dogs, or pets, in the past will understand how it feels to lose one. They give you unconditional love, and Honey was with me from childhood to adulthood. I grew up and she grew old.

2014 was a hard year and eventful year for me, full of extreme highs and lows. I've had to say many painful goodbyes, and after today I hope this will be the last one I have to make for a while. 

Here's to a better year ahead - and no more looking back.

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” 
― John GroganMarley & Me

Rest in peace Honey: 2002-2015

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