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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My top Christmas films!

It's just under two weeks before Christmas, and the Christmas film viewings are in full swing at my house. I love a good Christmas film, and I've decided to document my very favourite films! I'm pretty sure I've forgotten a few, so let me know what your favourites are in the comments! In a Christmas tag I did 4 years ago, I named the same top 3, so I've not changed that much clearly! I looked through a lot of lists to see what other people thought, and this BBC list seemed to have the most diversity - I've not heard of a few of these!
Now of course, if I had my way, I'd be watching the films on a super posh tv - like this Panasonic tv  - but alas, I don't think Santa will be THAT kind this year. (Although, Father Christmas, if you're listening, I'd also like a puppy.)

What A Wonderful Life
Oh I love this film so much. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming and just beautiful. I know a lot of people are put off by black and white films, but this film is tireless. I know most of you will have seen this film but if you haven't, I urge you too!

Elf
There are not many films I can quote almost word for word, but Elf is one of them. It's just so silly and fun, I love watching this. I'm not a fan of Ferrell but he's bloody good in this film! It's because of this film I have an urge to shout 'SANTA!!! I KNOW HIM!!' whenever I see someone dressed up as Father Christmas, and who hasn't wanted to jump onto a massive Christmas tree a la Buddy the elf?


A Muppet Christmas Carol
There are so many variants of this film, and a lot of them are brilliant, but the Muppet Christmas Carol will always be my favourite. I love the Muppets, the tiny Kermits are adorable and Michael Caine is fantastic. This is a Christmas classic, and I've always loved it.


The Holiday
So this isn't, techinically, a Christmas film. However it features Christmas and therefore it is a Christmas film in my head! I love a good rom-com, and this one is one of the best. I love Kate Winslet very much, which is partly way I enjoy this film so much!

Love, Actually
From Hugh Grant's un-rehearsed dancing to Emma Thompson's heart-breaking realisation set to the dulcet tones of Joni Mitchell, this film is just the best. I watch it every year - often more than once, and I never get bored of it. Plus it has the wonderful Alan Rickman, who I haven't got over, not just yet. This film has a million good points, and it's one of those relaxing, fireplace and mulled wine films.

So, what are your favourite Christmas films?


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Guardian, The Literary Canon and Literature Snobbery.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me go on a bit of a rant this week. That rant involves something I’m very passionate about: reading. I saw this tweet and the related Guardian article ticked me off, so I decided to all what I always do…take to the internet to complain to no-one in particular.

The article in question was regarding female-led book clubs – mentioning the likes of Florence Welch & Emma Watson. It also mentioned super famous vlogger Zoella. Now this is where the article becomes infuriating. When Froggatt mentions Zoella’s book club, she does so with an undermining tone, suggesting that because the books mainly contain ‘cute, glittery’ fiction, it is somehow less worthy of respect than the other book clubs. I have two issues here. The first being that YA fiction is somehow less deserving of literary respect, and the second being that all YA fiction is ‘cute’ and ‘glittery.’ Froggatt shoots herself in the foot by including example books read in said book club –including books such as ‘We Were Liars’ which is definitely YA, but certainly not cute or glittery. Incidentally, the flippant tone used to undermine was so rude that the article has since by edited, with a note: ‘This story was amended on 16 November to specify that the books chosen by Zoella book club are more varied than initially implied’.

The problem here isn’t just Froggatt’s article. It lends itself to a bigger problem that has been plaguing the literary world for years. When it comes to reading and books, there are a lot of snobs around. It is infuriating and unavoidable. Right now, YA fiction seems to be bearing the brunt of the snobbery. Instead of applauding writers for encouraging reluctant readers to get into a book and become more immersed in literature, people instead decide to mock those who read it and act as if it is somehow less than other books they could choose to read. Let’s not forget, YA fiction is a genre, not an age band. It’s currently de rigueur to mock it – just as it was ‘chick-lit’ beforehand. Can you see the pattern? Yes, it seems to be ‘female-led’ literature that is mostly mocked. Well isn’t that a surprise. As with all media, female led pieces tend to be marketed as fluffy and cute unless it involves very obvious tropes leaning away from that, which is lazy and small minded, yes, but just the way patriarchal society shapes things.

Which leads me to my next issue. Part of the reason YA fiction is mocked so much is because we have become accustomed to believing that only a certain type of literature is worthy of praise and attention. The Literary Canon is an archaic device that is full of ‘great’ works of literature by mainly old, white, rich men. Nearly all the books on it are AT LEAST 100 years old and are quite often very boring. The whole notion of the Canon subscribes to the belief that there was, once upon a time, a Golden Age of Literature that we should aspire to and remember fondly, because books nowadays just aren’t like they used to be!! This, of course, is crap. Hundreds of years ago, when only the rich could read and write, it was expected that the only things to read would be relevant to those who were reading them, but nowadays that just isn’t the case, and as such we should celebrate the wide range of diverse literature the English language has to offer instead of romanticising the literature of old.

Now that’s not to say that everything the Canon holds is crap – I for one for love Shakespeare. But let’s not pretend you’re a more literary person for reading canonical books. There are thousands of lists out there claiming that ‘you have to read these 100 books before you die!!’ and they contain so many books that I just can’t get on with. The Canon is full of these dry books that no-one reads anymore, and then feel bad about not enjoying. For instance, I know SO many people love Jane Austen, but I can’t get on with her books; I’ve tried multiple times but I do not enjoy them. I felt like a bad reader for ages because people make out that she is this great literary author that we all must read and enjoy when in actual fact, it’s okay not to enjoy Austen and authors like her. We should be encouraging readers to read regardless of the literary merit of the book, not mocking those who read books which aren’t seen as literary enough for general consumption. It would appear that people are reading less than they used to, so surely getting people to read at all is a fantastic thing to do? A lot of people can’t identify with the Canon and that isn’t a bad thing – it’s pretty outdated and focuses on quite a narrow viewpoint for the majority, we shouldn’t be forced to read these books in order to feel good about our literary habits.


Reading is a fantastic thing to do and should be encouraged whenever possible – regardless of the material being read. Do you only like light-hearted female led fiction? GREAT. Only like historical fiction written in the 19th century? GREAT. It doesn’t matter. You are no better or worse a reader for your literary habits, and the sooner we stop judging people for this, the better.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Transitions


Hello there stranger.
Been a while, hasn't it?

I know, I know. It's been a long while since I blogged about anything. And I did that on purpose. I have been blogging on and off since I was 17, and I fell out of love with it. I wasn't blogging for fun anymore, but because I felt like I should.

I have not had the best of years - I lost my job, my relationship and my health all in one fell swoop. So I decided to take a break. I didn't explain myself, or tell anyone I was taking a break. Instead I quietly shut the door for a while, whilst keeping my eye on the keyhole, just to see what was happening.

More recently, I've missed. I am a writer and I love writing. I've spent the past few months focusing on my poetry and although, yes, I LOVE that, I've missed blogging too. So, here is a hello.

Some things will change a bit. I shall no longer focus just on beauty - I want to do a lot more lifestyle posts, and book posts. I'm constantly reading and writing, so I want to explore that a bit more on my blogs.

I don't want to say 'I'll post x times a week' because I don't know how often I'll post. I'll see what routine I naturally fall into.

But this is a hello. *waves*

See you soon,
Kx

Friday, 10 June 2016

SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Line

I have unmanageable hair. It's okay. I've accepted it. It's long, it's knotty, it's damaged. I love it, but it's the true. As such, I am open to basically anything. If it claims to make my hair more manageable/shiny/beautiful then I am down for it. So when I got an email telling me about the new SheaMoisture range, I knew I had to try it. Just to see it.

The range is full of all-natural, vegan ingredients, and promises to hydrate and soften hair - especially if the hair is curly and fine. Now, my hair is neither curly or fine but I was so up for giving it a go.

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As soon as I saw that the range had coconut water in it, I was excited. I love the smell of anything coconut so I was hoping with all my heart that this delivered. And oh yes did it deliver. This range smells like summer. It's the only way I can describe it. It's fruity and coconut-y and just lovely.

Now, down to the range.

Shampoo - Honestly when a shampoo says it's paraben/sulfate/etc free I often think it won't lather very well, so when this shampoo lathered gorgeously I was very surprised. I love how this made my hair feel, light and clean and soft. It's become my staple shampoo since I started using it, plus it lasts ages!

Creme Rinse - Essentially, this is a conditioner. I'm very fussy with conditioners; I have awfully knotty hair so I need something heavy duty that'll soften my lion's mane. Although this isn't the best conditioner I've ever used, it is very good. My hair felt soft and smelt gorgeous. Plus the handy nozzle is great.

Hair Masque - My hair definitely felt deeply conditioned after using this and it was ridiculously soft - I couldn't stop stroking it. The only negative with this is that my hair got greasier a bit quicker - although I'd expect that from a deep conditioning mask.

Weightless Texture Spray - So this was my least favourite of the four products. It just didn't seem to do an awful lot for my hair. That being said, I have very, very long hair, that isn't thin, or curly. So potentially it's because I don't have the right hair type. I'm going to have my hair a bit shorter soon, so I'll re-try it then and see what I think.

The SheaMoisture range is available to buy from Boots and starts from £10.99.

Overall, I love this range. It smells gorgeous, it's vegan, and it's well priced. I highly recommend.

Have you tried this range? What do you think?
Kx


*Disclaimer, I was fortunate enough to receive this range to review, however this doesn't change my opinion, as always. :)

Thursday, 2 June 2016

The Jojoba Company

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I'm always on the look for good quality skin products, so when the Jojoba Company offered to send me a few of their products, I was excited to try them.

The all-natural company promise that their products are perfect for sensitive skin, made entirely from jojoba oil that they grown on their farm in Australia.

With this in mind, I got to work with the products - their make up remover, day cream and 100% jojoba.

I started off with their makeup remover, and to begin with, I wasn't a fan. This suggests two different ways of using it - the first being to squirt a bit onto cotton wool and remove make up that way. When I did this I found the oil to be too dense and whilst it did remove my makeup I had a lot of oily residue that felt claggy on my skin. As someone who already has oily skin, I didn't like this. So I tried the second option - use it as a more traditional oil and apply it to damp skin to remove makeup before wiping off with a muslin cloth. I loved this, it removed my makeup easier and there was none of the residue of before. 

I loved the oil too - it was very multi-purpose! Because of my oily skin, I didn't use this on my face, but found that when used on my legs and arms I felt so much softer immediately. I used it on the ends of my hair too which are currently waiting to be cut, and it made them feel in a much better condition! 

The winner of this range though is the day cream, which quickly became a firm favourite very quickly. It's light and sinks into the face easily, and keeps my skin feeling moisturised throughout the day without being too heavy. I now use it in my every day skincare routine!

I'm definitely impressed with this range, especially as it contains all natural ingredients, and will definitely be trying more of the range soon!

The Jojoba Company is available in Holland and Barrett now and starts at £12.99!

Kx

*Disclaimer, I was fortunate enough to receive these polishes to review, however this doesn't change my opinion, as always. :)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

NKD Waxing Salon

Some people leave them bare, some people pluck, some people thread. I am for waxing all the way. Of course, I'm talking about our brows. I too was a victim of the over-plucking teenage years of the Noughties and now I look after them fiercely. Which does mean I've gone to my fair share of waxing salons. If a waxer gets my brows wrong once, I won't go again. They're too precious to me!

So when NKD Wax Salon popped up on my twitter I knew I had to give them a shot, I was looking for a new salon, plus their newsletters are fantastic.
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My brows before:
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And after:
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I was immediately impressed when I went in the salon, it was a clean, airy space that was really friendly. Everyone there was professional and I felt attended to by whoever I spoke to. I've been to salons where it feels that the waxer is trying to do two things at once, and I hate it - I don't want someone going near my brows when they're preoccupied!

My waxing therapist Amy was professional and really friendly, she asked me what I wanted from my brows and I could tell that she was listening and would do as I asked instead of her own thing like I've experienced in the past with waxing.

Although waxing will hurt, her precise way of doing it made the pain lesser than I've experienced in the past, which was a relief, because I've had some terribly painful experiences with my poor brows!

Overall, I was super impressed with the service I received, and straight away booked in for another appointment with them to get my brows redone! I think I have finally found a salon I can use as a 'regular' place, yay!

Although I got my brows tinted and waxed, they offer a whole range of waxing for both men and women - go check them out!

Kx

Disclaimer: Although I was offered a complimentary service in exchange for a review, this does, and never will,change my opinion.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

My pick of the primers

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For most of my make-up wearing life, I didn't wear a primer. I thought it was an unnecessary addition to my makeup routine and decided that I'd rather spend the money on more lipsticks. Then I saw the error of my ways, primer is a great addition to my makeup and now it's a staple, so I thought I'd show you my collection!

Benefit's Porefessional and The Body Shop's Instablur are two very similar primers, they glide on smoothly, minimise pores (as the names suggest) and keep my foundation on my face for longer. As much as I love Poressional - I'm on my third bottle - it only lasts slightly longer than Instablur, so save yourself £10 and but Instablur instead would be my advice!

Benefit's Stay Flawless Primer is the primer here that I don't love so much. I tried it loads, I desperately wanted to love it, but it just wasn't too be. I found although it did keep my makeup on for longer, it made it cakey and looking pretty streaky, so I stopped wearing this one pretty swiftly. Maybe I'm just applying it wrong, who knows - let me know if you love it!

My final, new, addition is Nivea for Men's Post Shave Balm. A weird choice, yes, but everyone has been loving this - including Kylie Jenner's make up artist, so I thought I'd try it out. 
I am surprisingly loving this primer. At £5 for 100ml it's by far the best value for money, and I like the masculine-y scent it's got! It's a great primer, and keeps my makeup looking fresh for longer without making it streaky. A great new addition!

I'm always on the look out for new makeup, so what primer would you suggest?
Kx

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Lush's Intergalactic Bath Bomb

Hey guys!
So anyone who's been reading my blog for a while will know just how much I love Lush bath bombs. And Lush in general actually. It occurred to me that I hadn't done a review of my FAVOURITE Lush bath bomb yet, so today that's changed...


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I apologise for the mass of photos BUT HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS BATH BOMB.

Intergalactic smells of a mixture of peppermint and grapefruit, which is invigorating and awakens the sense as soon as it hits the bath water. The smell is beautiful, but the real magic comes when you pop it into your bath. The colours are mesmerising and I find myself staring at it fizz every time I use it. The colours are beautiful and it leaves the bath the most beautiful shade of blue, making me feel like a space mermaid - a great feeling.

There is one aspect of this ballistic that divides opinion, however. That is glitter. The bath bomb is FULL of it. When you leave the bath you will have a layer of glitter on you, and you will need to rinse your bath of it. When I brushed my hair afterwards, specks of glitter floated out of my hair. It was glorious. I love glitter, so this is not even a slight problem for me, but if you hate glitter, I recommend that you avoid this. 

Have you tried this? What's your favourite bath bomb?
Kx

Friday, 20 May 2016

Review: Ever Glaze Nail Polish

So China Glaze have released a new range of nail polishes called Ever Glaze, promising to provide a gel like shine without the hassle of a UV light, and I was lucky enough to try them out*!

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The Ever Glaze range has lots of colours - 24! - but I tried 'We Be Jammin'  - a muted lilac, 'Current Crush' - a yellow-toned blue, and 'Pretty Poppy' - a coral red.

China Glaze promise the polishes will be long-lasting and extremely durable, whilst being shiny and cheaper than a normal gel manicure. It's certainly cheaper with the RRP being £8.99!

So when using Ever Glaze, you're meant to start with the 'nail prep' before painting two coats of your chosen colour and then finishing off with their 'active top coat'.

I didn't have the base or top coat, so I used Seche Vite as my top coat. I think this made a difference. The colours were nice, and all three were opaque and even in two coats which I was pleased with. They dried quicker than a lot of polishes I've used to, which was great because I'm very impatient when it comes to polish!

However, I found that all three polishes started chipping within 24 hours, which was less than ideal. This is probably because I didn't use the top coat, which is my own fault!

I'd recommend this range of polishes, but I would suggest that you certainly buy the top coat as well when purchasing, as without it the polish doesn't last too long.

Have you tried this range? Let me know what you think!
Kx











*Disclaimer, I was fortunate enough to receive these polishes to review, however this doesn't change my opinion, as always. :)

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Summer Nails - Coral

Finally, the sun is out! And as such, it's time that my names match my summery outfits. Gone are the pretty pastels and in are the bright, summery colours. Here are my choice of orange-y/corals!

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Let's start with what's currently on my nails, Topshop's 'New Wave'. I always forget how great Topshop's polishes are until they're on my nails! This is a gorgeous bright colour that goes on smoothly and opaquely in two coats!

Talking of bright colours, Model's Own Hed Kandi Collection in Hedonist is most certainly the brightest polish in my collection. It's a very true coral colour, and it's very neon! If you like bright colours, I recommend this wholeheartedly!

My orange choice is Barry M's Gelly Nail Paint in Mango. I love the Gelly colours from Barry M and this is no exception, it's a lovely orange that goes on smoothly and looks great with a tan...not that I'd know, as I never tan ;)

Next up is two more red choices, Rimmel's Salon Pro in Hip Hop and their 60 Second Polish in 'Orgasm'. (Who chooses nail polish names?) I'm sure everyone who wears nail polish has tried Rimmel, and they're a great high street brand, well priced and good quality. Both opaque in two coats and last a few days without chipping!

So I'm now going to go out and enjoy the sun whilst it's here!
What's your go-to summer polish colour?

Kx

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

April Favourites!

Hey guys, here are this month's favourites! A few days late this month, I've had a manic few weeks!

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Garnier's Micellar Water - I posted a review of this a few weeks ago and I am still loving it, I got a 'travel-sized' version of this which by this point is about half full, looks like I'll be buying a new one soon!

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner - an oldie but a goodie! I go through periods where I don't wear eyeliner, but I go back to it this is always the pot I return to, I love it and it lasts all day.

Avon Nail Polish in Naked Truth - my current go-to nude polish. I have lots of Avon polishes I'm loving atm, expect a post soon.

Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream - A great deal of stress has left my skin looking terrible and very spotty this month, and this cream is helping out SO much!

Vera Wang Princess Perfume - My new favourite perfume, this scent is gorgeous and floral and perfect for Spring*.

*...That's if we had a damn Spring!

What's on your monthly favourites?
Kx

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Garnier Micellar Water

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So Micellar Water has been doing the rounds on blogs for a few years now. A while back it was the big hype in skincare and everyone was using it. For some reason, I didn't really jump on the hype. I bought one or two and used them, but I didn't understand why everyone was going crazy for them. It calmed down, we all got on with our lives and micellar water became another blogger trend that quietly blended into the background and I didn't think about it again.

Then I was perusing Boots a few weeks ago and saw this for £0.99! Now I like a good bargain, and 99p for a cleanser is fantastic. So obviously I picked it up. 

I've never trusted most makeup removers with my eye make-up, choosing instead to use remover specially formulated for eyes, but since this said it could, I decided to give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! I expected it to sting or only remove my makeup partially, but it removed all my makeup - mascara and all - with minimal rubbing and no stinging!

I have oily, sensitive skin and this hasn't aggravated it at all, thankfully! I've used it every day for a few weeks and no adverse reactions so far! 

I'll definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out, considering it's a small bottle, that'll be quite soon!

Have you tried this? What did you think?
Kx




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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Weekend Wishlist: Birthday Wishlist!

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So it's my birthday in 9 days and I was perusing a few websites and saw SO many things that I want, so I've collected together a few! 

What's on your wishlist this week?
Kx 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Great British Coffee Week: Are you more hipster or yoga bunny?

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So, which category do you fall into? I am a big coffee lover, but according to this survey, I'm classed in the 'Gossip' category, however, I'd like to think I'm not a gossip! my drink of choice is a hazelnut latte, I like the nutty, Christmassy taste. Either that, or a chai latte with 2 shots of espresso. If you haven't tried it, you must. 

I'm trying to get away from instant coffee and make my own a bit more, I bought a cafetiere last year and I've been using it more recently, but that being said I want to get a new, fancier cafetiere. I've been perusing House of Fraser's range, and now I want a Nespresso machine! I'm tempted by this Magimix machine, I love the idea of having the milk frother, which I've not seen on many of the machines I've been looking at! 

Let me know what you think if you have a one of these new fandangled Nespresso machines!
And tell me, what's your favourite coffee order?
Kx




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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Body Shop British Rose Soap

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I am a big fan of soap. I like all things that smell nice, and in the past few months that has meant I've bought a lot of hand soap. I normally peruse Lush but I happened to be in The Body Shop a few weeks ago and saw this little beauty.
I'm a massive fan of anything rose scented and thought the packaging was cute so I picked it up to see how it fared.
For reference, I have very dry skin and I wash my hands a lot.

The Body Shop's British Rose Soap promises to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, leaving it clean and silky soft. It contains real crushed rose petals in it - which you can feel and smell, which is a nice touch. It's definitely exfoliating, which isn't something I often get with a soap, but I do like it. My hands are left feeling softer than before and the scent stays with me - but it's subtle enough to not be overpowering.
If you like the scent of rose, then this is a winner. It retails for only £4 too, which is a good price! I've been using it multiple times a day for a week and it's not seemed to have shrunk at all yet, which I am impressed by.

I shall definitely be picking up a few more items from this range in the near future, probably the hand cream first!

Have you tried anything from this range?
Kx

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Experiment Outcome: I let my mother dress me for a week

I survived! Yes that's right, I let my mother dress me for a week and we both survived!

I decided to do this because I'd seen it floating around Buzzfeed a few times, and I was interested to see how my mum would dress me compared to how I dress myself, if she would put things together that I wouldn't have thought of, or if she would dress me terribly etc! In order to give me a bit of control, I was also in charge of what she wore - you can see what she has to say at the bottom of this post!

Now I usually wear either jeans and a t shirt or clashing prints, there's a reason that I'm a beauty blogger and not a fashion blogger! Keep that in mind!

Monday:


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As soon as this outfit was picked I was bit disgruntled. Don't get me wrong, I love burgundy. I love this blazer, and I love this dress. But I do NOT love them together! I don't like matching colours together, and so this was a nightmare for me. It had worn off by this point, but she had chosen a burgundy lipstick for me that day too. Unimpressed. I am, however, completely un-surprised by this choice. I know how much she loves matching colours together and she has been itching for me to wear these two pieces together in I don't know how long! Solid 4/10, it was very comfortable, so that's a good thing!

Tuesday


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I had an important meeting on the Tuesday, so I was hoping mum would put me in something professional, and I was pleasantly surprised. Most of my wardrobe is dark, so this suits me, but I like the pop of colour the top brings to the outfit. I'm not a massive fan of the blazer but I wanted to look business-like and this definitely works. I would have chosen something like this myself, 7/10.

Wednesday


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This is definitely my favourite outfit of the week, that skirt is perhaps the most worn item in my wardrobe and I love it. Plus mum paired it with a black top and grey cardigan, no more matching colours, yay! 
I love the scarf too, the colours in it are beautiful and as I've recently been able to shed my massively thick winter scarf, I've been wearing this more. 9/10 - well done!

Thursday


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Thursday was a casual day of errand running for me, so I'm glad mum put me jeans (at last). I love jeans. I wear them most of the time, so I feel very comfortable in them. The jumper top is also a staple for me, it's so soft! 8/10 
You'll notice that from now on I've cut my face out of the picture - I wore no makeup for the rest of the week, and you guys don't need in your brains! 

Friday

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Another day of jeans, huzzah! This time, black jeans! Again, another day of errand running, so I'm glad for the comfort of jeans. It's at this point that it occurs to me that I love burgundy, and next to black, it's the most frequent colour in my wardrobe. Therefore it makes sense for there to be at least one other outfit in the week to feature it! You can't go wrong with jeans and a comfy jumper top, and the outfits of the last two days are very similar to what I'd dress myself in on a normal day. 8/10

Sunday


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I spent Saturday having a lazy day in my pajama's, so Sunday is the last day of this experiment!
Spring has certainly sprung today, so I think the outfit worked very well, I felt a bit uncomfortable by all the colour however. Mum chose a skirt I don't wear very much because the colour puts me off a bit! It is a beautiful skirt though, and I liked the combination of the mint of the top with it too. 7/10! 
Overall, I think mum did pretty well - I was worried she'd put me in uncomfortable clothes or make me matchy matchy for the whole week, so I was pleasantly surprised! That being said, there's no way I'd let her do it again - I didn't like not being in control of my clothes one little bit! I'll definitely wear the floral skirt a bit more, so that's a plus!
As I mentioned earlier, this week I also chose her outfits too...
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My mum HATES wearing skirts or dresses, so I only managed to put her in a skirt once in the week...I dreaded to think what would happen if I did more than one day! She also only seems to have black or dark patterned trousers, so if I was in charge of her wardrobe I would definitely get some brighter colours in there too! Now I did have less flexibility with her as she had work 5/6 days, so I was limited as to what I could put her in! Sunday however, I could dress her casually, so I made her wear this shirt which is gorgeous...and she never wears. She doesn't know why either. I love a checked shirt! So apart from the skirt and shirt, I generally picked outfits for her that she'd pick for herself (or so I thought). That being said she mentioned that she normally wears jumpers instead of a blouse/cardigan combo for the sake of ease, so I'm hoping this week reminded her of the some of the pretty tops she owns!

What do you think, would you let a parent choose your clothes for a week?



It also occurred to me that you cannot see her face at all during this post! So here's a photo of my mum and last summer!

Mum and Me

Kx

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Moody Blues

As long-time readers of my blog may know, I really like nail polish. So today I thought I'd show you my current favourite blue polishes!

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Rimmel - Midnight Skinny Dip
Rimmel - Pillow Talk
Models Own - Indian Ocean
Barry M - Guava
Barry M - Blackberry


What's your favourite blue polish?
Kx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Experiment: I'm going to let my mother dress me for a week

So despite my mum and I being incredibly close, she has not chosen my clothes for me since I was a child. A young child at that. I love clothes, always have, and decided on my wardrobe from a young age, so it's been years since my mum has had a say in what I wear.

Well this week, that's going to change.

For some odd reason, I've decided it would be fun for my mum to choose my outfits for the next 7 days. In turn, I also get to choose her outfits, in part so she doesn't go too wild on my wardrobe! I'm interested to see what she pairs together and how her style for me differs for my style to myself - and the same goes for what I choose for her. I'm HOPING this doesn't end in tears, and you'll have to stay tuned for next week when I give you the run down on what happened in the week!

For the sake of fairness, I have made a few rules.

1. No refusing, unless it doesn't fit.
2. No changing halfway through the day.
3. No hints!

And that's the three rules. I'm hoping this week will show me more outfit choices that I wouldn't have thought of before. Or maybe I'll just feel uncomfortable all week...we'll see!

I may post a mid-week update of this, and I will definitely be posting at the end of the week to tell you all how it went!

I'll also be posting about it on my Twitter and Facebook throughout the week, so keep an eye out! :)

Let me know if you've ever done anything like this before!
Kx

Friday, 1 April 2016

March Favourites

It's come to that time of the month again! I know, I know, this year is going ridiculously quick and now we're heading into the second quarter! Eek!
Here's what I've been loving this month...


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The sun is shining brightly most days now (for the time being...) so I've been switching up my regular perfume (Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf) for Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh. I love it, it's a gorgeous fresh scent, perfect for Spring! I'm in the market for a new perfume so if you any recommendations, please let me know!

I've recently got back into Benefit's Gimme Brow - I recently had my brows waxed and tinted so they don't need as much doing to them, therefore this little product is perfect! It gives enough coverage to make my brows look fuller without looking like I've done too much to them.

Now you can't see the colour of this lipstick, but it's Urban Decay's Matte Revolution lipstick in 'Menace', the most gorgeous fuchsia pink, it's vivid and perfect for Spring!

After not wearing eyeliner for much - if any - of Winter, I got back into it this month, and find myself picking up Avon's Super Shock Gel Liner in Black. I own SO many eyeliners but I always return to this one - it's a solid favourite in my life!

Of course, Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Oil is on here this month too. I raved about it in a review a few weeks back and I'm loving it just as much now! I'm using it on my hands and hair the most this week, but it's a great all-rounder!

What's on your monthly favourites this March? Send me your links please! :-)
Kx

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Shampoo

As some of you may know, I had a bit of a hair change earlier this year.

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I was bored of having such an obvious green dip dye so I had it bleached and toned down to this, and I love it so much. The blue is gorgeous and I've decided I should always be blonde!
Of course, with hair such as this, it requires maintenance. So I decided to buy the PRO:VOKE shampoo's in an effort to keep my hair ashy and blonde!

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As you can see, it consists of a daily shampoo and a weekly shampoo which is a lot stronger. 
I've been using them for just over a month now, and I love them. at £4.19 for 400ml, this shampoo is so affordable, and I'm surprised at how effective they are for such little money. The weekly shampoo is £3.19 for 200ml which is a bit more - but this shampoo has a toning effect which the other does not. I wash my hair every other day and I have over 3/4 of each bottle left which is great! The smell is subtle and lovely, and the only thing I don't love is the tendency for the weekly shampoo to get everywhere - it's a very dark purple so you can tell when it's all over the shower walls!

All in all, I love these products and I would highly recommend them if you're planning on dying your hair blonde!

What's your favourite blonde shampoo?
Kx

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Spring Wishlist

Spring Wishlist

So here is my wishlist for this Spring, I'm loving all things pink at the moment, inspired by the blossoms I'm waiting to see on the trees!! If you want individual links for products, it's on my Polyvore here :)
What's on your wishlist?

Friday, 18 March 2016

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour All-Over Miracle Oil

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Elizabeth's Arden 8 Hour Cream is a staple in most women's make up kit. Although I am not fortunate to own one myself, I know about the wonders of this miracle cream. So when an email popped in my inbox detailing the beauty of the new Miracle Oil, I knew I had to give it a try.

Oh boy, I'm glad I did. I knew that this oil was meant to be multi-purpose, promising 'a versatile, multi-tasking formula for the face, body and hair' so I tried it on all three places.
I have been suffering with sensitive skin for a few months now, so I wasn't sure how my skin would react to the new product, however I was happily surprised. I applied it to my face every night before bed for a month, and my skin was left soft and felt nourished and refreshed - the gorgeous citrus scent helped too! It claims to reduce redness and irritation, which it definitely did in my case!

I also used it on my hair for a month too, to smooth it down and reduce flyaways - which I get a lot of. It definitely did this, and made the ends of my hair feel super conditioned which was nice, but it did therefore make my hair greasy a little bit quicker...although one should probably expect that if they're putting oil on their hair anyway!

Of course, I used it on my skin too. My hands are horrendous over the Winter period and I often get flare-ups of eczema due to the cold weather and central heating, which is irritating to say the least. So I used the 8 hour oil once a day - at least - I found my skin was in much better shape. I only had one little patch of eczema which is so much better compared to how I usually am over Winter!

Overall I'm incredibly pleased about this oil. At £29, no it isn't the cheapest out there, but with a product like this you definitely get what you pay for. If you can afford it, I recommend it. I've been using it for 6 weeks now and I still have over 3/4 of the bottle left!

Have you tried it? What did you think?
Kx



Disclaimer: This review contains a product sent to me for review. As always, this does not change my review or opinion.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Revlon Volume and Length Magnified Mascara

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I had heard lots of things about Revlon's new mascaras, so I thought it was only fair I gave one a go. Out of the five options - nicely colour coded - I decided to go for 'Volume and Length'. I like a good all-rounder so this seemed best for me, and it promised a 'doe-eyed' look which I'm a big fan of!

However, this mascara didn't deliver all the goods I wanted. It definitely had it's pros - at £6.99 (on offer at the moment) this mascara is definitely one of the cheapest I've bought in recent months - my normal go to mascaras are both Benefit, so this is definitely a lot cheaper to what I'm used to. It didn't give me the doe-eyed look I was after though, and it's definitely a more natural, 'day-time' mascara. I like my mascara to make my eyes pop and give massive definition, whereas I didn't feel like this gave me that. Although it's definitely a good mascara to use when I'm wanting a more natural look, it isn't good enough to knock Benefit's Rollerlash off it's top spot in my make-up bag.

Have you used any of the new Revlon mascaras? What do you think?
Kx

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Februrary Favourites!

I spent most of February bed bound with a nasty bug, so this month's favourites may seem a little sparse!

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1. The Wet Brush - I feel like this is the Tangle Teezr's bigger sister. I love this brush so much, I have very long and thick hair and I get so many knots in it, this is the only brush that removes the knots!

2. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr in On and On Bronze - This gorgeous bronze eyeshadow is my new favourite when I'm not using a palette, it's my new favourite nude!

3. Benefit's Erase Paste - Whenever I'm ill I tend to get SUPER bags, and this heavy duty concealer is amazing at covering up all my blemishes!

4. Bourjois Healthy Balance Matte Powder - I had been looking for a new powder for a while and the Twittersphere recommended this, so I of course picked it up. It's a great powder, expect a review soon!

5. Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Brown - When I don't have time to spend ages on my brows, this is the product I go to. It's a gorgeous product that stays on all day and makes my brows look thicker and neater.


What's on your favourites list this month?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Natural Make-Up

And yes, I know that this is quite an ironic statement, but you know what I mean! When I want to wear makeup so I don't look like a zombie, but I don't want massive full coverage, this is what I wear...

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My skin is quite patchy at the moment, so I'm wearing Benefit's Some Kind-a Gorgeous in Lite on days where I want a lighter coverage than normal. I'm loving Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer at the moment, I suffer from dark circles under my eyes ALL THE TIME and this concealer is one of the only ones I've tried that hides them without being too cakey at the same time. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette has some gorgeous colours in it, and as I've been obsessing over my Naked 3 recently, I thought it was time to bring out the Smoky palette for a bit instead! I decided to keep my brows quite bare, so I used Urban Decay's Brow Tamer in Brown to tame them down a bit so they're not as unruly! I'm still using Benefit's Roller Lash every day, it holds the curl all day and fans out my lashes so well, I'm a big fan! Of course, I'm still wearing MAC's Velvet Teddy as my go-to nude, it's such a gorgeous colour, I popped up a proper review of it a few days back, you can have a look here!

So here is a more everyday look, what's yours?
Kx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

January Favourites

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Hey guys! So this month I have been loving SO many products, but I managed to whittle it down to these six! I was hoping to put this up on February 1st, but I spent too long deliberating!

So first on the list this month is Lush's Rose Jam Shower Gel. This is a Christmas special, and I can't get enough of it. I buy it as soon as it comes out at Christmas and normally try to use it sparingly so it lasts longer. I didn't manage to get two bottles this time, so I'll be running out quicker than normal! It smells like the most beautiful roses, and it relaxes me wonderfully. I can't get enough. Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette is another pink favourite this month too. I got it for Christmas and I have worn it every single day I've worn makeup apart from THREE times. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Pink colours are my absolutely favourite, and this palette combines them all wonderfully. I'm still experimenting with what looks best, I can't get enough. Seventeen's Brow's That! Brow Kit is another set that's been on my face almost constantly this month. I posted a review on it a little while ago, and I'm still using it on a daily basis. Unsurprisingly, MAC's Velvet Teddy made the list this month. How did I not realise the beauty of it sooner?! The Urban Decay Primer Potion is a product I've been wearing for months now, and sometimes I forget how amazing it is. If, like me, you suffer from oily eyelids or your eyeshadow wanders off in the day, I urge you to buy this. I've used SO many eye primers over the past few years, but this is absolutely incredible. Rimmel's Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation is my last favourite of the month, and a new discovery! I've only had chance to use it a few times to far, but I'm already loving it.

As of this month, I'm starting a new segment of my Monthly Favourites that I will simply refer to as 'Non-Beauty Fav's'. Here's the first lot!

Favourite Blog: As this is my first month doing this, I couldn't NOT mention the blog of one of my best friends, her blog is beautiful and she is hilarious - lolarocknroses.blogspot.co.uk.

Favourite Film: I always try and make sure I watch all the films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and this month it's a tie between Spotlight and Room. Both films are poignant and heartbreaking, if you haven't seen them yet, you must.

Favourite TV Show: As I've been very immobile recently (as I explained here) I've been sat on the sofa LOTS. So what else to do but watch Friends re-runs? I forgot how much I love that show, it's an absolute classic.

Favourite Book: A friend lent me Hyperbole and a Half to read it, and I devoured it in two sittings. I loved it, it's hilarious and it's portrayal of depression was absolutely dead on.

Favourite Song: Coldplay - Hymn for the Weekend. The whole new album is great, but this song I am loving right now. What I'm NOT loving however, is the video. I thought Coldplay/Beyonce knew better than to create a video full of cultural appropriation, but alas they do not.


That's all my favourites for this month! If you've done a monthly favourite post, please pop the link in the comments!
Kx

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Mac's Velvet Teddy

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Velvet Teddy review

I know that everyone and their mother has jumped on the brown lipstick train, and  I am very late. BUT I'M HERE. Yes, Kylie Jenner started a lipstick revolution, and I love it. I heard about Velvet Teddy for months and months, will people calling it the 'perfect brown' lipstick, but I just couldn't do it. What if I looked like a 90's throwback? Could I be the only person to not suit Velvet Teddy? I wasn't about to spend £15 on a lipstick I wasn't sure if I'd like, so I stayed away. However a friend let me try hers a few months back, and straight away I knew I needed it. I fell in love.

For me, Velvet Teddy is almost a perfect 'my lips but better' shade. I didn't realise my lips were so dark, but when I wear Velvet Teddy it's really similar to my natural colour. It's a matte lipstick, so it is drying, but I constantly wear lip balm in this weather anyway so it isn't too drying for me. Because it's matte, the staying power is incredible! I wore for this for 5 hours without having to reapply - I was very impressed.

If you're thinking about buying Velvet Teddy, go for it. It's a gorgeous lipstick that seems to suit everyone. It's become my favourite nude and I can't imagine that changing any time soon!

Kx

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