Beauty

Self Tanners for Fair Skin

September 03, 2017



When you’re a fair skinned girl, trying to find the perfect self tanner can be quite the problem. Something that doesn’t make you look like you’re auditioning as an extra for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, yet something that has enough impact to give you that “healthy glow” (#palegirlprobz). Luckily I’ve managed to find 3 products that I swear by if I need to bronze up!


The one for quickness.. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold £14.99 - The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is a dry oil that dries instantly, develops throughout the day and theres no need to wash off when fully developed. It’s a colourless product when dried so there isn’t a guide colour, but if applied in sections it’s easy enough to apply evenly. I usually use about 2 applications which leaves a nice golden finish and looks really natural on the skin (one thing to note is that it does only come in one colour, so depending on the number of times applied the deeper the colour will go). I would advise exfoliating before hand and moisturising elbows, wrists, knees & ankles, and also applying with a tanning mit. I can usually get a good 3-4 days before it starts to fade, and even then it fades really evenly and doesn’t go patchy. 


The one without any mess.. St. Tropez Gradual Tan (Light/Medium) £9.67 - The St. Tropez Gradual Tan is a moisturising lotion that you use in place of your usual moisturiser and, as the name suggests, gradually tans throughout the day. As it is a moisturiser it can be applied like normal with your hands, however as usual you need to ensure that you wash them when your finished. I use the shade Light/Medium and it leaves the skin with a natural glow which usually lasts about 2-3 days (it can last longer if you keep applying daily). It is quite a heavily scented product and the smell can be a bit over powering, but it’s nothing unpleasant and I do think the results are worth it. The only cons I’ve found is that it can take a while to dry in and when it starts to fade, it does so quite patchy. All in all I’d say its definitely worth picking up if you're looking for a tanner thats easy to apply.


The one that lasts.. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Lotion (Medium) £37.50 - It kind of hurts me to mention this one, the thought of spending £37.50 on a tanner is a bit ridiculous, but it’s just so damn good. If I know I have a few things going on and I know it’s going to be a bit of a faff reapplying false tan every couple of days, then this is the one I reach for every time. It’s a lotion consistency and needs to be applied with a tanning mit and I would say exfoliating is essential before hand. It’s a coloured lotion so it’s easy to see where you’re applying it and it goes on really evenly. I have the shade Medium and it develops perfectly for a natural glowy tan. It’s one that needs to be developed and then washed off a couple of hours later, it dries quite quickly once applied and it doesn’t transfer on to any clothes or bedsheets. I usually apply 2 applications and that lasts between a week and a half and 2 weeks, the bottle does say that it can last up to 3 weeks however I’ve never braved a 3rd application to test this. Like with the Bondi Sands tan it fades really evenly so no harsh exfoliating is needed to get the last bit of tan off.. it is a lot of money to spend on a tan but I’d say its worth every penny!


What are your favourite/least favourite tanning products?

Steph xo

Makeup

Iconic London Haul & First Impressions

August 27, 2017


“Be Original - Be Iconic!”

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of the brand Iconic London, they're having quite a moment over on instagram right now. Just incase you’ve missed it, they're a British brand that was founded by makeup artist & stylist Jade Elliott in 2015. Their known for their vegan & cruelty free “Pro Evo” makeup brushes and speciality in contouring and highlighting products. With celebrity admirers like Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigan I think 2017 is the year that they’ve truly become a cult classic brand. 

I’ve been lusting after their illuminator drops for a while so I decided that it was time to get my hands on them.. and obviously it would be rude not to add a few other things to my order! 


Iconic London Pigment Foundation Stick (0.1 Naturale with cool undertones) £24.99 - The pigment stick can be used as a foundation or contour product, and they come in a whole range of colours (18 in fact). I’m quite impressed with the shade range because they do cater for fair and deep skin tones. As you might have guessed they are highly pigmented, so it does offer a full coverage.. a little really does go a long way. I did notice that on mornings when my room was a little colder (thanks to the limited British summertime we get) that the product was a little difficult to blend in, so I would recommend warming the product up before application. What impressed me the most was that the foundation seemed to look better on my skin as the day wore on, anything that I don’t need to touch up is a winner for me!


Iconic London Multi Use Cream Contour Palette £32.99Contour palettes aren’t something that I use daily (mainly because my weekday makeup look is “she overslept and has 5 minutes to get ready”), but when I do want to do a full face I think a little contouring is essential for me to achieve the full glam look. While powder contouring is great, I find that cream contours offer a little more subtly. The Iconic cream contouring palette comes in 1 shade, but I do think that it will be suitable for a lot of different skin tones. I find that the creams are really blendable, but can be built up to create a stronger contour. My only con with this palette is that it does leave the skin quite dewy and if it’s not set right can have a tendency to slip, but thats nothing that a touch of setting powder won’t fix. I do think the pros outweigh the cons with this one and I would recommend if anyone is looking for a cream contour palette.





Iconic London Illuminator Drops (in Shine) £29.99 - So this is what I was lusting after for a long time. The Illuminator Drops are basically pure & intense highlight in a bottle. There are 3 shades available: Shine – pink based shimmer to add a pearly shine, Original – champagne toned shimmer to add a golden shine & Glow – terracotta toned shimmer, to add deeply a golden shine. I ordered Shine as I thought it might be the best colour for my skin tone. So the product itself - the colour is beautiful and the highlight isn’t like anything I’ve ever owned (although I would say its probably similar to the ABH Liquid Glow or the Custom FX Enhancer Drops), it’s just pure glow! The only thing is that it does set really quickly, it needs to be blended out straight away or it can leave a stripe of highlight.


Iconic London Limited Edition Pro Evo Buffer Brush £32.99 - Firstly I need to take a moment to say how beautiful the design of this brush is, that rose gold handle! *heart eyed emoji* It’s also by far the softest brush I’ve ever owned. The bristles are densely packed but not so much that it starts to take the product off. I have only used this with the cream pigment stick and the cream contour palette so far but it does blend the product in beautifully.


Has anyone else tried Iconic London products? What else would you recommend? 

Steph xo


Personal

Blog Update!

July 09, 2017


Okay so it’s been awhile.. 

First of all, if anyone does actually read any of my ramblings I want to say thank you. I’ve been a bit on the rubbish side with blog posts these last few months, I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and between that and work I feel like I haven't had much time to dedicate myself to my blog.

Secondly, I feel like i’ve been trying to make this blog in to something it’s not. I follow and read quite a few different types of blogs and I think when I started I thought I had to have a wide variety of content included, and while I do love reading other peoples views on lifestyles, fitness, baking and so on, I realised it’s not me. I was creating draft posts on things that I wasn’t passionate about, and because of that they weren’t good enough to post. 

So, where does that leave me with this blog? Well, beauty & makeup have always been my passions. Wether its beauty/glam/horror/halloween makeup looks, product reviews, hauls, or just a good old chit chat about all things cosmetic, thats where this blog is heading.

I want this blog to be full of posts that I’ve created about things I’m passionate about, post’s that I’d enjoy reading and hopefully other people will too.

For now, I hope everyone is having a good Sunday, I’ll have some new posts soon, promise!
Steph xx



P.s I know the picture doesn’t exactly go with the post, it’s just a happy place picture! Ha.

Beauty

My Go To Scent - YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche Eau De Parfum

June 04, 2017


I haven’t been updating my blog as much over the past month, I’ve had so much going on in my personal life that I truly didn't have a minute to even think about posts. Everything’s starting to look up now and I finally can focus on posting more regularly and this time I’m trying to plan ahead instead of doing it last minute… how does that old saying go? Failure to prepare is preparing to fail? Noted.

So… today I am talking perfume. I’m not a massive perfume horder, I know what scents I like and honestly, perfumes are expensive. But I have found the one that’s so beautiful I would pay the high price tag for and buy a back up incase I ran out. YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche to me is seriously the most intoxicating smell, one that is instantly recognisable yet still quite understated at the same time… a cult classic. I think if I had to wear 1 perfume for the rest of my life, this would be it.

First of all, the design of the perfume bottle is gorgeous. I love the black and silver glitter on the bottle teamed with the rose pink lid, it makes me feel quite luxurious when I’m using it. The top notes are Rice & Bourbon Pepper so theres an element of spice when it’s first applied, however the Orange Blossom from the middle notes does bring through a floral element which lingers on the skin. I do think that as the day wears on the base notes of Vanilla, Sandlewood & White Musk come through abit more, leaving a more of a sweet scent behind. 

I think the wear time for this perfume is insane, I can still smell it on my skin nearly 10 hours later. It's the perfect night out fragrance (the name Nuit Blanche translates to “White Night” a night where women take control of Paris and make the city their own”), but I do also wear it in the day, as putting a little on can leave a subtle scent. 

As I mentioned before it isn't the cheapest perfume (between £55.50 to £91 depending on size) but I do think it’s a worthwhile investment for such a beautiful and long lasting fragrance.

Are you a fan of YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche? What are your must have perfumes?


Steph xo

Beauty

The Ordinary Skincare

May 14, 2017


There’s one brand at the moment that is getting quite a bit of hype.. The Ordinary. It’s part of the brand Deciem and the main selling point is clinically proven skincare ingredients without all the fancy extras, allowing the products to be sold at a fraction of the price. Their quite a technical heavy brand so I do think if you’re not familiar with skincare ingredients it can be quite scary to look at the list of products (acids, on my face.. what!?), but luckily the website offers a regime guide which is very helpful. 

A lot of the products are serum based however they do some moisturisers, primers and very recently makeup. The packaging of the products is quite simple, the serums come in frosted glass bottles and they have a pipette dropper, very clinical but I am a big fan of the style. The Ordinary is now avaliable on The Ordinary, Asos, Beauty Bay & Victoria Health.


Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 

This is one of the stand out products for me, I didn’t realise how much of a fan my skin was of hyaluronic acid until I tried this. It’s a clear water based solution which sinks in to the skin and doesn't leave any residue. I use this in my skincare routine of a morning and an evening and my skin is left feeling so refreshed and plumped. I must admit it’s never felt so hydrated, I have noticed that if I skip it from my routine my skin feels tight and uncomfortable, definitely a staple in my routine now.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 

I use the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum as the next step in my routine. Again, it’s a clear water based solution however it does leave a slight tackiness to the skin once applied, nothing that doesn't dry in after about a minute or so. This is a good serum if you suffer from breakouts, unfortunately it doesn’t prevent them however it does help to reduce the redness and inflammation when used regularly.

Azeliac Acid Suspension 10% 

This is a cream product that helps to reduce the look of blemishes but I think the real charm of it is how it brightens the skin. I use this of an evening after my serums and I notice that the next morning my skin looks a lot brighter and my skin tone looks a bit more even. As I use it in my nighttime routine I don’t use an SPF, however if I was using it in my daytime routine it must be worn.

Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 

I hate to admit it but I was a little disappointed with the Rose Hip Seed Oil, I do think that after reading a few reviews online I was possibly expecting a little too much. Rosehip is good for adding hydration to the skin and while it does deliver, it just doesn't beat the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil or the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial. However when used over a prolonged period of time it does have the added bonus of reducing the appearance of fine lines and some acne scarring. It is of course a fraction of the price of the other oils and without comparing it to anything else it really is a brilliant product that does the job well. If your new to skincare then this would probably be one of the best products to try out. 

High Adherence Silicone Primer 

Im not really a fan of many silicone primers, I find a lot of them help makeup slip off rather than fixing it in place, however I was quite surprised by this one. It’s a white cream texture unlike many other silicone primes which tend to be a gel texture. It absorbs in to the skin pretty quickly and I do find that my makeup goes on a lot smoother and it does have a slightly blurring effect on the pores. I wouldn’t say that it helps my makeup to stay on longer throughout the day, but it’s nothing that a touch up can’t sort out.


Overall I’m very impressed with The Ordinary, I think it’s so hard to find a skincare brand at drugstore prices that actually works. It is definitely worth taking an hour out of your time to read up on the products and the ingredients, because in the end it will save you so much money. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more of the serums.. more specifically The Buffet!

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What are your thoughts?


Steph xo

Lifestyle

April Favourites!

April 30, 2017


April is one of my favourite months of the year, it’s the start of spring, the nights stay lighter just that bit longer.. oh and it’s my birthday! It’s been a bit of a hectic month for me but these are some of my favourite things from it.

I’ve been a wrestling fan (on & off) for nearly 20 years now and every year the WWE have their biggest pay per view in April.. Wrestlemania. I managed to actually go to Wrestlemania in Texas last year, but this year I had to make do with watching it in Camp & Furnace, while there is nothing like actually being there it is a good alternative. Favourite moment has to be The Hardy Boyz making a comeback, and a bittersweet moment at the end where The Undertaker lost his final match and retired (all time favourite, incase anyone was wondering). It was actually a really solid pay per view this year.

I turned another year older on April 10th and I had possibly one of the quietest birthdays i’ve ever had in my life. Unfortunately I had to work on my birthday this year, but I spent my night eating chocolate cake, drinking wine & spending some time with my family. It’s strange to think that a couple of years ago I would make such an event out of my birthday, usually planning a night out in a different city, I think as I get older I’m definitely becoming more of a homebody.

I first heard of The Ordinary through an Instagram story of Fleur De Force, it’s a skincare range of the brand Deciem. The concept behind the brand is to make products using only ingredients that are scientifically proven to help the skin, meaning they are sold at an affordable price point. I placed an order for a couple of products which I’ve been using all month, and I have to say I’m very impressed! I do have a full review of the products coming up in a couple of weeks.

One of my favourite things to do is to listen to music, I pretty much always have something on in the background whatever I’m doing. Whilst I do have my firm favourites, there is something so satisfying about finding an artist that you’ve never heard before.. or the newest song from one of your favourites. I find the Apple Playlists on Apple Music are perfect for this (also Spotify is a great alternative), one of my favourite playlists at the moment and one I have had on repeat this month is the Mellow Days playlist. It has a lot of new music from mainstream artists but there are also some diamonds from newer artists. It gets updated weekly so it is constantly changing, it’s perfect for background music and chilled out days.

I have been wanting to redecorate my room for the longest time and this month I finally decided to just get up and do it. It did take a little longer than expected and I may have had a mini meltdown while doing it, but it’s coming along well. I wanted it to be nice and bright, so I painted the walls white (I’m a poet & I didn’t know it.. okay I’ll stop) and its crazy the difference it makes. I still have a few things to do & a few things to buy but I’m happy with the way it’s turning out.

So a couple of my favourite things from this month, I can’t believe it’s May tomorrow, how quickly is this year going? I’m sure it was like New Years last week.

Steph xo


Makeup

7 Nude Lipsticks For Any Look

April 23, 2017


I always think a nude lipstick in your makeup collection is what jeans are to your clothing collection.. reliable, easy to wear and can pretty much go with anything. I have 7 nude lipsticks in my collection and at some point or another they were all my go to’s on pretty much a daily basis.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm - £5.50 - The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm is a peachy nude and with my fair complexion, its probably one of the brightest nudes I own. The formula isn’t like any other lip product I’ve tried, it’s a cream/mousse formula and it glides onto the lips easily. It doesn’t totally dry down like a matte liquid lipstick so that makes it a lot more comfortable to wear, but because of this it’s not the longest lasting lipstick out there. All of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams have quite a sweet scent (think vanilla cupcake) which i personally love, but I think could be bit overpowering for some people.

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Aquarius - $5.00 - This is Kathleen Lights creation, it’s a soft pinky nude and currently one of my most worn lipsticks at the moment. It is a creamy formula with a pretty good amount of pigmentation and leaves a slight gloss to the lips. I don't find I need to reapply much with this one as I can usually get a good 3 hours out of it, and when it does start to wear off it does so quite evenly. I would say out of all of the nude lipsticks i’ve got this is the most “your lips but better” kind of lipstick.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick in Magic Wand - $6.00 - If I’m having a moment for any lipstick right now, it’s this one. On my skin tone it comes off a bit more of a brown nude rather than a peachy nude, but I do actually prefer that tone when it comes to nude lipsticks. I think the formulation of the Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks are my favourite out of any liquid lipstick I’ve tried, it’s quite a wet liquid that dries down to a semi matte but somehow it’s really comfortable and manages to keep the lips hydrated. After a few hours the lipstick does wear off a little bit in the centre of the lips but it’s nothing major, I would say you’ll get a solid 4 or 5 hours out of it.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow - £17.00 - I bought this when I was in Austin, Texas last year and I think i wore it none stop for about 8 months. Bow N Arrow is a brown toned nude and perfect for when I want to create a 90’s grungy look (and if I’m being honest, I’ve usually thrown on my 90’s throwback playlist while doing this). It is quite a dark nude so if your someone who doesn’t like anything too out there on the lips then it’s probably not the colour for you, but if your all about trying to get them Kylie Jennar lips then this is a great shade. My only complaint about this lipstick is that it’s SO drying on the lips, but it’s nothing that some lip balm can’t sort out.



Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Very Victoria - £24.00 - Ah Charlotte Tilbury, the most aesthetically pleasing brand ever. A part of me just loves having the Matte Revolution Lipsticks on my dressing table, but the more logical part of me recognises how great these lipsticks are. The shade Very Victoria was inspired by Victoria Beckham, it’s a taupe nude thats incredibly easy to apply and dries to a matte finish that isn’t drying on the lips (in fact it feels almost hydrating). I love the square shape of the bullet, I do find it so much easier to apply and get a precise line. Pair this with the Pillow Talk Lip Cheat and it’s probably my most fail safe nude lipstick.

Mac Lipstick in Viva Glam II (Satin) - £16.50 - So, after playing with this lipstick for the first time in awhile I realised that this lipstick is way past its expiration date (lip reactions aren’t good!). That being said, I will definitely be repurchasing this at some point because it’s such a good lipstick. It’s quite a muted nude and a great choice for everyday wear, it dries down to a semi matte finish but still has a little sheen so it doesn't look flat. Oh, 100% of the profits from any of the products from the Viva Glam range goes towards the MAC HIV/Aids fund, so that’s a bonus too.

Mac Lipstick in Patisserie (Lustre) - £16.50 - This is one of them cult classics that every blogger has spoken about at some point. Patisserie is a neutral pink and has a Lusture finish, because of this it does give a nice sheen to the lips. Personally I do like my lipsticks to hang around, I’m quite lazy when it comes to reapplying makeup so this isn’t one that I reach for if i know I’ve got a long day ahead of me, but I’d say it’s perfect for the days when I want a minimal makeup look.


So that’s my collection.. What are your must have nude lipsticks?


Steph xo

P.S I’m aware i’ve mentioned the word “nude” way too many times for one post.. oops.




Lifestyle

Turning 27 & 10 Things About Me

April 16, 2017




It was my birthday on Monday (April 10th) and I’m now 27! I had to work on my birthday this year and, although I would have preferred a morning lie in, it wasn’t the worst way to spend part of my day either. When I was finished with work I opened some presents and spent some time with my family.. chocolate cake and a couple of glasses of wine may also have been involved at some point. It was one of the most chilled out birthdays I’ve ever had, I feel like with each year I’m relating a little bit more to the saying “it’s just another day”, and each year I become a bit more like a Grandma. I'm totally okay with that.

Anyways I thought seeing as it was the first birthday I’ve had my blog, I’d share a couple of things about me.

1. I’m naturally blonde but I’ve coloured my hair for nearly 11 years. I’m slowly trying to go back to my natural hair colour but it’s a painstakingly long process.

2. I’ve had 14 piercings in total and 1 tattoo (the tattoo I now regret.. don’t get a tattoo on a whim kids).

3. I have a City & Guilds Diploma in Media Makeup & Theatrical Special Effects.

4. I would love to go back in time to watch Queen, David Bowie & Johnny Cash perform.

5. If I could travel to anywhere in the world it would be New Zealand.

6. I am terrified of spiders & wasps, to the point where I won’t go back into the room until it’s been removed. 

7. I’m not a morning person, it takes me at least an hour after getting out of bed to really wake up, and that's with the help of a cup of tea. I envy people who don’t have to set more than 1 alarm in the mornings (serial snoozers I’m with you!)

8. One of my all time favourite TV shows (besides The Office) is Only Fools & Horses, it’s just THE ultimate classic and I can watch it again & again & again.

9. I love reading anecdotes about Bill Murray, he is possibly the coolest man on the planet.

10. I love Halloween. Whether it’s dressing up and going out, or switching all the lights off and putting a horror film on, it’s one of my favourite days of the year!

So I didn’t post anything last week due to life being abit hectic. I’m going to be spending a day over the bank holiday weekend to get everything blog related into order and plan some posts. I hope everyone has a great bank holiday weekend and consumes a serious amount of chocolate!

Steph x

Makeup

Current Collection - Palettes

April 02, 2017


Make up palettes have to be one of my favourite things to buy. The convenience of having all the products in one place and being inspired to create a number of different looks, plus most palettes are great value for money.. whats not to love about them?
Stila Trust In Love Palette (Discontinued) £30.00 - I haven't tried too much from Stila as its not a brand I find myself looking to alot, but this gift set from their 2015 Christmas collection did catch my eye. It did come with a lipgloss and a mascara but the real winners of the set are the shadows. They have pretty good pigmentation and are easy to blend and the colours are lovely. I find I can create a cool or warm toned eye look with this palette and its a really good one for a more natural eye. The only colours I don’t really get the wear out of are Sapphire (blue) and plum (purple). 

Urban Decay Naked Palette £39.50 - Ahh, the good ole classic. If there is 1 palette that every girl has tried it’s the Urban Decay Naked Palette. There are tons of reviews on this one which go into a lot more detail and are much better written, so I’ll just stick with the basics. There are 12 shades in the palette with the majority of them being warm toned and they have mattes, shimmers and glitters. Again it’s great for creating a neutral eye look (you’ll notice a theme here) and the pigmentation is great so a little goes a long way. “Virgin” is a perfect highlight shade for the brow and inner corners, “Naked” & “Buck” are really great crease colours and my favourite lid colours are “sidecar” & “toasted”.
Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Palette £39.00 - This was a birthday gift a couple of years ago and while it isn’t one of my most used palettes, it does come out on all the special occasions. There is something so luxury about Charlotte Tilbury products, the packaging.. the products.. just everything about them is perfect! There was a lot of hype around the Dolce Vita palette (which is a neutral lovers dream and STILL on my Wishlist), but I wanted something that wasn’t like all the other shadows I owned. The Vintage Vamp palette is perfect for that 90’s grungy/smokey eye look, and if you have blue eyes (like me) then it really makes them stand out.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette £39.00 - This is my most recent buy and I'm still kind of in love with it. The shade range is again warm toned and neutral, and all of the shades are buttery and bendable and they smell like chocolate! The shade “Marzipan” is probably my favourite colour for all over the lid, its a gorgeous champagne shimmer and the colour “Salted Caramel” is the perfect crease colour. Also as there is so many variations of brown it’s great for doing a soft smokey eye.. I actually get excited when i use this! My only gripe with this palette is the colour “Strawberry Bon Bon” (yeah, that bright pink one), I just don’t see why they would put that colour in a palette full of neutrals. They do make up for it with the other 15 shades though as they are absolutely stunning.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Palette £37.00 - I bought this while I was in America last year, I was after a contour palette for awhile (gotta try and fake those Kimmy K cheekbones) and I was deliberating between this one and the ABH contour palette. After reading tons of reviews this one seemed like it would be the best colour for me. Being quite a pale girl (I literally look like casper on any family photos) I needed a contour colour that didn’t have too much warmth, while at the same time wasn’t too grey toned that it washed me out and the shade “subconscious” is perfect. The highlight shades are all matte so they are great for brightening specific areas but I do still tend to apply a separate highlight on top. I use this a lot if I'm doing someone else’s makeup and the colours are quite versatile for different skin tones.

I want to try and get my hands on some of the Morphe palettes next because, well have you seen them!? What are your favourite palettes in your collection?

Steph x

Lifestyle

March Round-Up

March 26, 2017




I can't believe were nearly done with March already.. It's true what they say, when you grow up time really does pass you by. My month has been quiet but here are a few of the things that have put a smile on my face.

I’m not really one for for making new years resolutions and sticking to them, in fact in my 26 years so far I’ve completed.. 1. This year I decided to make one and really try to stick to it, so as of 1st January 2017 I quit smoking. I’ve tried to quit before, I think the longest I ever made it was into my 3rd week.. I’m now into my 3rd month (84 days & counting!) and I am so proud of myself. I think the 1 thing thats different this time is that I’m not doing it to please anyone else, I want to quit. I want to be healthier and happier in my life.. so far so good!

So now that were into March the mornings are lighter and the days are brighter (well, sometimes), and I don’t know about you but my mood is just that much better when there is sunshine! I finally feel like spring is just around the corner. I even went to the park today and for the first time in months the scarf was off and the sunglasses were on.. it's the little things isn't it?

I’m going to see Steps! My sister & I booked tickets for their tour later this year and I am so excited. They were the 1 group that we both loved when we were little, it’s possibly going to be one of the cheesiest things I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait! Just an FYI about how much I loved them.. I seriously went though a phase where I watched Steps Live at Wembley every single night for about 6 months straight.

I went to see Beauty and the Beast last night and it is uh-mazing! They stayed true to the original classic, but I feel they did put a slightly updated spin on it. It is an absolutely magical film (that dance scene.. major heart eyes!) and I’m definitely considering going to see it again. Oh can we just talk about LeFou for a moment? By far my favourite character, so sassy! 

Happy Mothers Day! I want to wish my Mum an extra special Mothers Day, I'm sure we drive her up the wall most of the time but she is the most amazing person who deserves to have the best day. Thank you for everything you do for me Mum, your the best!


I hope everyone has had a good month so far.. I must admit I'm looking forward to April - it's my birthday AND it's easter, need I say more? 


Steph x

Beauty

Ouai - First Impressions

March 19, 2017



So out of everything that falls under the beauty related category hair/hairstyling really isn't my thing. I mean, I can kind of put a presentable wave in my hair but if you mention a braid or any kind of up-do, forget it. When it comes to products I’m a “use whatever’s there” kinda girl but lately I’ve wanted to make more of an effort with my hair. Ouai (pronounced “way”) is a brand thats had a lot of hype this past year, its the brain child of celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who is responsible for the hair of the Kardashians, so I had high hopes!


Ouai Clean Shampoo - £22.00
I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while now. I have a lot of hair and its quite fine, so due to this my hair can go greasy really quickly. I wanted a clarifying shampoo that wasn’t going to strip any colour from my hair, but deeply cleanse my hair at the same time. The Ouai Clean Shampoo is a sulphate free clarifying shampoo that eliminates build up and detoxes the hair. It’s quite thick in texture and you do need to work it into your hair to lather it up, but I do find this does a really good job at removing all build up from my hair. One thing to know about me.. I hate washing and drying my hair, like I could literally think of a thousand and one things I would rather be doing, by using this I’d say I get an extra day out of my hair which makes it a winner to me. Oh as it is a clarifying shampoo I do make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment afterwards as I do find the ends of my hair can go bit dry. 


Last Year I finally bit the bullet and got a lot of my hair chopped off (about 5 inches I believe) and while I love my shorter hair, it does take bit more effort in the styling department.. No more just brushing my hair and being done with it. As I mentioned I’m not one to use a ton of products on my hair, but I knew I needed a decent texturising spray if I wanted to keep things as simple as possible. I’ve always had my eye on the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, but every time I added it to my basket I’d cry a little when I looked at the price (£41 for a hair product!) and then I would swiftly remove it back to my wishlist. So when I seen all the hype for the Ouai Texturising spray for nearly half the price I knew it was something that I needed to try. It’s a mixture between a texturing spray and a dry shampoo, it gives my hair enough grit to give it that second day “I just woke up like this” effortless hair, and enough hold to keep my waves in place while making sure it doesn't go stiff with too much product. The spray does have quite a distinct scent which i personally like, but I have seen quite a few people who were a little off put by it, so if your sensitive to smell it is something to keep in mind. 


I’m quite impressed with both of the products that I’ve used, next on my list is the finishing cream and hair oil.. has you tried any of the Ouai products? Do you think their worth the hype?
Steph x

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9 Binge Worthy TV Shows

March 12, 2017





One of my favourite things to talk about, other than beauty, is tv and film. I’m one of those people who become way too emotionally invested in a good story. These are 9 shows that I've spent too many late nights telling myself "just one more episode.."


The Office (US Version) - I think out of everything on this list, this has to be my favourite! It is a mockumentary based in the Dunder Mifflin paper company, and follows the 9 to 5 of an office job. Each episode is roughly 20 minutes long and while it is easy to watch, you somehow become really invested in the characters. It’s full of sarcasm and dry humour but that doesn’t take anything away from the storylines. I’ll admit I’ve shed a few tears over Jim & Pam (ultimate relationship goals) and I’ve got to say.. Dwight Schrute is one of the best characters ever.

Gilmore Girls – This is one that I’ve only recently started watching, it’s about a mother and daughter who live in a town called Stars Hollow (which seems like such a cute place to live), who have a best friends relationship and it follows their lives. While I do find that some of the storylines are quite unrealistic, it’s a nice, feel-good show to watch when you just want to chill out.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S – I don’t think this one needs much of an explanation, 6 friends living in NYC and it is hilarious. I feel like if you were a teenager in the 90’s or early 00’s then this show was the one to watch. I never ever get bored of watching Friends and I still find it as funny as the first time I watched it. This always has re-runs on tv and I think it has ever since it finished in 2004.. it's the ultimate classic.



Downton Abbey – I am obsessed with period dramas, if anything is set during or pre WW2 then I’ll watch it. Downton Abbey starts in 1912 where it follows the life of the wealthy Crawley family (the matriarch being the amazing Dame Maggie Smith) and their staff throughout the years until 1925. There is something so endearing about this show, there’s no sex, violence or vulgar, its just good wholesome drama. Oh, did I mention that P.Diddy is a big fan?

Broadchurch - So when this one first came out I remember everyone i know talking about it. A young boy is murdered and throughout the first series the police search to find the killer. First of all, I’ve never seen a series quite like this, i was absolutely hooked from the beginning. I think my mum and I speculated about every single person to ever appear on screen, it is so unpredictable and they throw so many red herrings in, i’d go as far to say that no one guessed the killer until that last episode. Secondly, can we just take a minute for David Tennant and Olivia Coleman in this? Their on screen partnership is pure brilliance.

Peaky Blinders - Another period drama, set during the 1920’s. It centres around Tommy Shelby and his gang, The Peaky Blinders, and how they try to move up in the world and make a better life for themselves, albeit not always in a legit way. I love the whole design of this show, the storylines and the cast are amazing, the costumes and cinematography are beautiful, the soundtrack is something else.. this show has everything.



Making A Murderer - This is a Netflix original documentary series about a man called Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey and a woman called Teresa Halbach. It follows the case of a murder and tries to answer the question of did they do it?  Wether you think they did or they didn’t, it’s gripping to watch. I think i watched this in 2 days and stayed up till 4am to finish it.

The OA - This is another Netflix original, its the story of a young woman who turned up after being missing for 7 years. It falls into the science fiction/supernatural genre and i do think you have to get past the first episode, but after that I watched episode after episode. I would say this won’t be for everyone, it is definitely a marmalade show, and if you do watch it until the end you will be googling theories about the ending.

American Horror Story - If you don’t like horror then you might want to leave this one out. Each series has a different storyline with a different set of characters (although the core cast remains the same), and all the storylines are somehow connected with each other. It’s filled with all the usual gore that you’d expect from a horror series but it doesn’t overpower the storytelling. Definitely worth a watch. P.s - Jessica Lange is a Queen!



Have you watched any of these shows? What shows have you been binge watching recently?


Steph x

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