3 Minute Makeup Challenge

Friday, October 30, 2015

I thought I'd give a oldie-but-goody Youtube Tag for one of my videos this week and do a 3 3 Minute Makeup Challenge! I think I did a pretty damn good job if I do say so myself! I think if I had a few extra minutes I could have perfected the skin a little bit more, blending my foundation in a little and adding some extra concealer to my spotty areas but apart from that... not bad!

I dont always post my videos here on my blog but I've been on a roll recently and doing 2-3 videos a week pretty consistently for a while now so if you're interested in videos of get ready with me's, hauls and other sorts of stuff then subscribe to my channel! Press the button above or head over to my channel here and click the subscribe button. It'll notify you every time I post a new video so you can keep up to date with all the latest goings on!

"You Smell SO Good!"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

jo malone mimosa and cardamon

I have a hell  of a lot of perfumes in my stash, seriously way wayyyy too many.  I tend to stick to the same sort of scents (holla at you Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess & Versace Crystal Noir), However I’ve recently been really drawn to the Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamon Perfume. Every single time I’ve worn this perfume I’ve had someone comment on how good I smelt.

I know perfume descriptions can be a bit fluffy but here’s their take on the scent:

“A new bohemia await. Mists of honeyed, golden Mimosa float about the spiciness of freshly crushed Cardamom. Creamy Tonka and smooth sandalwood woven under powdery heliotrope and Damask rose picked at dawn. warm, ethereal, mesmerising.”

I don’t think it’s actually supposed autumnal scent (Im always SO unseasonal with my fragrance!) but it’s really warming and comforting so suits the current weather really in a odd sort of way. It’s an unusual scent, I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything like it before or have anything remotely similar in my scollection. It’s sort of fresh, florally and spicy all at the same time without being heady or too youthful. Think warming spice rather than peppery spicy and crisp floral rather than old lady floral. The notes of Mimosa, Cardamon and Tonka Bean blend really nicely together and perfectly compliment each other really well. It has a sweetness thats complimented really nicely with the deeper tones. It’s a really modern and exotic fragrance at the same time and just works as a good all rounder scent.

Prices range from £42-£85.

First Impressions : Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Im not scared to admit that I’m a total Charlotte Tilbury Fangirl. I ABSOLUTELY adore her. She’s one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met when it comes to makeup and all things beauty and thats a really endearing quality in a person. I love her style and her look and I just… ah I LOVE HER. Im not even ashamed to admit that.

A few days ago Im opened some of my post and I couldn’t believe it when I saw the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation waiting for me. I'd heard so much about the stuff and it's been on my list of products to try for so so long. The Magic Foundation is a full coverage, demi matte and designed to cover everything from acne scarring, redness and discolouration. Sounds like the dream right? While I haven’t given it a full trial yet I thought I’d do a first impressions (which I actually recorded on camera in a vlog which I havent posted yet!). 

As a full coverage girl who has a lot of scarring from spots - I need a bit of extra coverage. I found this foundation to be build-able rather than instant full coverage. I tried the foundation it on a particularly bad skin day, I had a rather large duo of under the skin spots on my cheek as well as a nasty breakout along my jawline so I knew testing the coverage would be perfect.  On first buff it evened out my skintone and gave me decent glow covering the scarring and blurring my pores. I needed a good stipple on my problem areas to cover that and even then after a while it faded on the spotty areas. I felt like the foundation meshed with my skin well and blended in for a really seamless look without that mask like finish. While it felt a little tackier on the face than I’d like, it was nothing that a dusting of powder couldn't fix. The finish was really dreamy too, that lovely soft lit from within glow while also being pretty and matte. Longevity was a little hit and miss, I wore it on a day where it was pretty warm so I was a bit shiney throughout the day which again I had to powder.

Im going to keep using it and see how it goes, like I said I don’t hate it and have a good feeling about the product. I do think it’s nice but I think I need to figure out how to make it work on my blemishes or maybe exclusively use it on "good skin" days. I will do a proper review in time but I do think it's interesting to see what people think of first application. I know I've tried products for the first time and absolutely hated them but then tried them again and grew to love them! Believe it or not I used to actually HATE Laura Mercier Silk Creme and I now lament it's discontinuation!

8 Things you learn having a Cat

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Believe it or not I've had my cat Aerys for over two years now. Named after the Mad King from A Song of Ice and Fire she certainly lives up to her name sake. Absolutely mad, sharp claws and has a mean streak in her. I never really talk about her on the blog, infact I think I've only ever mentioned her a few times so you might not even know I have a pet!

Aery's is a blue grey Tabby. She's actually half blue Persian half ginger Tabby, her Mum was a prized Princess pedigree yet she was the only grey kitten out of a litter of ginger Tabby's. The woman who had her said it was an accident so I think she was a unwanted mistake, but I was more than happy to welcome her into my family.

Me and Jon did this shoot a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking of how I could incorporate the photos into a blog post so I thought I'd share 8 things I've learnt about having a Cat.

1. Being a biased mother, I think A is genuinely the most beautiful cat I've ever seen. However, when you have a cat you learn that no matter how cute your kitty looks in real life, as soon a you try and take a picture of it looks like the devil has reached into it's soul and is about to come and attack you. Me and Zoe always laugh at this photo of Aerys where she looks so fat and derpy... we call it her awkward teenage phase.

2. Bonding with a pet is weird. As I never really had a connection with my previous Cat so I never experience a pet human bond. It might be weird to admit but I wasn't a huge ~animal~ lover before I got a cat. I like them a lot but I never really felt emotionally attached to one. I almost had to give Aerys up earlier in the year and I cried and cried and cried. As Im not really an emotional person I couldn't believe how upset I got over the fact I almost lost her. No matter what happens I could never give her up and I love her so much I couldn't even explain!

3. Cats either love you or hate you. Never both. I grew up with a cat called Cat and she was a right ol' dame. We never really interacted as she was always my brothers pet and she simply adored him and ignored me. Aerys on the other hand likes me sometimes and hates me sometimes. She'll play up to me sometimes and come cuddle and pander to my need to be loved but others she'll avoid me and not even come up to me in a day!

4. If you have a cat/dog/child you will never ever pee, poop, shower or bathe in peace again. I cant remember the last time I was at home and Aerys hasn't come with me to the bathroom. She'll sit there throwing shade at me judging my every move. I'd never go stare at her while using the litter tray so I don't get why she enjoys it so much. I remember once I was really violently ill with a gastroenteritis once and she still sat there giving me the side eye, although I do think she was trying to be comforting in her own way.

5. When your cats get that doe-y wide eyed look it is not cute, it means attack is imminent and you should run and hide right that second. Tummy rubs never ever end nicely either - one minute they'll be all snoozy and cute and in 0.01 seconds your hand will be ripped to shreds.

6. Even if there is food in the bowl they will still want more. I feel like cats have no concept of actually finishing a meal. Even If the dish is half full they will complain by meowing and hollering loudly and making sure you're aware that they hate everything about you.
7. Nothing is more satisfying than falling a sleep with a cat perfectly curled up on your bed. Aerys sometimes come up and snuggles next to me and it's one of the best feelings ever! It's like having a real life self heating cuddly toy. But on the other hand there is nothing worse than a kitty loudly scratching at your door wanting to be let out at 4am!

8. Cats are seriously sassy beings. They have natural resting bitch faces and will happily stare you out if you do the slightest thing wrong. I never knew sass until I met A, Her face when I drop things, do the dishes or even fold my clothes is worse than when I had the watchful eye of my mother. I feel like I could take a lesson in sassiness from her!

Leopard Print Scarf

Monday, October 05, 2015


I have a thing about leopard print, I dont know why or where it came from but it's one of my favourite prints. Part of me thinks it goes back to the Emo Days where I had this pair of leopard print Vans style shoes (I infact have proper Vans Leopard print skate shoes in my mid twenties) which I wore till the soles fell out. I also have a pair of leopard print flats which I wrote about years ago that I still wear on a regular basis. An eagle eyed viewer of my vlogs noticed that I still had them when I moved house recently!

Anyway, I bought this scarf recently as I saw a girl on the street wearing one and made a mental note to pick one up as I thought it would be perfect to add to my A/W style. Y'all know I love a good scarf so it's slipped nicely into my wardrobw. A little bit rock n rock and a little bit soft. Love it.

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