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Friday, 19 August 2016

ASOS WARDROBE WISHING

In a strange sort of way I’m so excited for autumn even though I absolutely hate the cold. I've already seen glimpses of autumn fashion seeping into our favourite stores and I can't resist the berry lips, winter coats and ankle boots. 

I spend hours scrolling through ASOS, it’s a website that you can’t just go on for a quick browse. The infinite amount of pages always sucks me in and I end up filling my basket with hundreds of pounds worth of clothes which I can't afford. I love saving things and being able to come back to it later when I fancy a treat. 

So here is my ultimate ASOS basket, I’m obviously not going to be buying all of this but if I had a money tree this is what I would buy. 


My wardrobe has become a lot more formal recently with starting my new job and having to dress smartly every day so I wanted to try and focus on some more casual pieces. I'm all about comfy and the pink leggings, grey striped top and massive scarf look perfect. 

I'm also on the hunt for some nice boots, both flat and heeled. As I'm a tiny size 2 I find it so difficult to get shoes but thankfully ASOS have started doing my size.

Who else is ready for autumn fashion?
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

FOUR TO TRY

blusher, foundation, eyeliner, eyelash curlers

I love buying new beauty items to try, however recently, I’ve been trying to budget and so shopping my stash has been the second best option. You’ll be surprised how many amazing items you’ve neglected in your collection and sometimes when circumstances change like you’re in a different season or you've changed you hair, you will love what you previously hated! 

I used to absolutely love this foundation purely for its ability to cover a multitude of sins. On a bad skin day this foundation is a real game-changer and can transform dull, tired and even spotty skin into a good skin day. The texture is very thick and boy does it apply thickly, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you want the coverage you’ve got to deal with the consistency. There were two reasons I stopped using it: a) because the shade was way too light for me and b) it can be a nightmare to get off. Nevertheless, all the girls at work are big advocates which reminded me to give it another go. I’ve been mixing it with a small drop of a darker foundation (which is a pain in itself) but it’s the only foundation that my skin doesn’t swallow after a full day at work, so it’s a winner for me! 

I have far too many blushers in my collection but hardly any of them are high end because you can always find amazing drugstore blushers. However as I am such a huge lover of Nars, I’ve always been dying to get my hands on a Nars blush. Making the colour decision was definitely not an easy task but I settled on a medium pink, rosy shade and I’m really happy with it. 

I’ve been having a bit of a brow overhaul as I’ve just not been happy with them recently. I’ve decided what they need is to be fully grown out and to have some new products thrown at them – generally they just need a lil’ bitta love. So I’m currently in that awfully awkward stage of walking round with majorly bushy, overgrown eyebrows which is never a good look. In the meantime I’ve been trying out some new brow products; I thought I’d start cheap first in the hope to find that miracle product for only £5.99… I know, not going to happen. However I’ve been trying the L'Oreal brow pencil and as basic as it is, it’s fairing pretty well so far. 

I’ve been using these every day for around the past two months. I previously always thought eyelash curlers were an added step which took far too long and too much effort. Now I’m converted. Actually, I’m that converted that recently when we went on a weekend away and I forgot them I was totally lost without them. They really do make a huge difference to your eyelashes and when using the right mascara (I’ve been experimenting recently), you can achieve full, curled eyelashes that lasts all day.
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

HOLIDAY PACKING 101

Holiday packing
Ever since I started university I have been packing a mini suitcase to go here, there and everywhere. A weekend to visit the parents, visiting Oli's friends/relatives and visiting my friends in various cities around the country, I now consider myself to be a packing expert. As I am off to Menorca in a few days I thought I would put together my top tips for packing lightly, without forgetting the necessities!

1. PLAN
Purely because I love shopping I starting planning what I need to buy ages in advance. This year it was shorts and bikinis so I managed to get my hands on some bargains before it all ran out of stock; H&M bikinis this year are amaze! I also think it's really important to plan your outfits, this way you can hopefully avoid taking your kitchen sink and the hefty charge at bag check-in! Depending on your holiday and what you have planned, you can usually divide it into day-wear and night-wear. Quite simply, If I'm going on holiday for a week, I take seven day outfits and seven night outfits. Sometimes I will add in an extra outfit 'just in case'. 

2. START EARLY
I like to start both the packing and planning process early. I find that this way I can work out which items I really want to take, and most importantly, which new things I need to buy! Usually, I roughly chuck things in from around a week before I go, starting with the necessities like my toothbrush, bikini, suncream and passport etc. Then whenever I remember something else I need to take I can add it to the pile so that everything is in one place.

3. LAYER
I want to talk about layering in two different ways. Firstly, I love packing clothes that I can layer on top of one another to ensure I am prepared for all eventualities. This is more important when you go on a UK or colder country holiday! For example I will take a strapy top, a shirt, jumper and finally a coat. That way you can put on or take off clothes according to how hot/cold you are. One important thing to note is that I would always recommend taking a jumper/cardigan on holiday even to a warm country, the amount of times I've been out at night absolutely freezing, wishing I had a cardi is ridiculous!

Secondly, I know people always go on about how good rolling clothes is when packing and I totally understand the concept, but It just doesn't work for me! My Mum always taught me to layer my clothes when I pack and its what I've always done. As you can see on the picture above, I put none-creasy *technical term* items underneath and more delicate items at the top, all folded on top of each other!

4. CHECKLIST
Before I leave I'm always panicking I've forgotten something, but the thing to remember is that it really isn't the end of the world. I like to have a checklist to tick off before I seal my suitcase so I know I have everything. You can download my checklist here.
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