Things I've Been Loving Recently.

Call me basic, but being a serious lover of all things Autumn, I've been relishing in the fact I can spend my evenings throwing on my cosiest pyjamas (keep on readin' for the full deets on these), drinking festive tea and hitting the play button on Netflix without having to feel too guilty.

So, what better excuse than to get typing and share a few things I've been loving recently, no?

Next Pyjamas
A.K.A. the only place to snap up snuggly attire. Seriously though, Next really do know a thing or two about pyjamas. I recently bought a pair and then found myself back in the store the next day to pick up a second set. Squirrels and checks, in case you were wondering, and yes, I am already planning a third visit.

L'Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Silver Shampoo
If you know me, you'll know experimenting with my hair colour is something I thoroughly enjoy. Following a period of having pastel pink locks, I've since ventured over to the dark (well, silver) side. So far, I'm liking, and one thing I'm keeping in my shower to ensure warm tones stay at bay, is this trusty shampoo from L'Oréal Professionnel.

Nars Soft Matte Concealer
You know when a product pops up in the beauty world but you're almost certain it won't work for you? Well, the Nars Soft Matte Concealer was one of those for moi. Except, everywhere I turned, there it was. YouTube videos, blog posts, magazines; essentially, I couldn't get the damn thing out of my head. The word 'matte' had me sure it wouldn't be a fine fit for my dry skin, however something about it still had me itching to try. Fast forward a month and I'm glad I did. Though, I admit, under the eyes it's a no-go (for me at least), but blemishes on the cheeks and the chin area can be concealed with zero concern of flakey patches. So, if you too have skin on the drier side of things, you may be pleasantly surprised with this little pot of goodness.

Marks & Spencer Mulled Fruit Tea
Why this isn't on the Marks & Spencer website I will never know, as it's essentially Christmas in a mug. I was pretty thrilled to see this back on the shelves for another year, so I will most definitely be stocking up. Next time you're near an M&S store, head in and grab a box, I can assure you it's worth the visit.

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Handcream
Continuing with the festive theme, we have The Body Shop Vanilla Pumkin Handcream. Let's be real here, The Body Shop are known for their top notch creams, and this is no exception. I always ensure I keep it within reach, and, thanks to the delicious scent and nourishing formula, it's a treat every time I apply.

Stranger Things 2
I mean, what else? I don't think I really need to go into too much detail about how bloody amazing this show is, y'know, since the rest of the world are also hooked, but boy oh boy. I finished the second season within a matter of days and due to missing our ST fix, me and my boyfriend have already pretty much re-watched the first. Quite the accomplishment if you ask me. Oh, and the very topic appropriate sweatshirt I'm sporting in these photos (taken by my wonderful BF) is from Topshop and is the cosiest thing ever. *Apart from the aforementioned Next pyjamas, obvs.*

What have you been loving recently? I'd love to know any festive/non-festive recommendations you may have!

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August Favourites.

I think monthly favourite posts may well be up there as my most-read. Discovering new, beautiful products to try, and, potentially, add to my daily routine.


Northern Quarter.

Holy guacamole, this is one seriously overdue post.



Charlotte Tilbury Makeover at Manchester Selfridges.

charlotte tilbury makeover review manchester

Living in a small village, there's not much that goes on when it comes to the beauty world. Shocking, I know. 



Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette

In terms of beauty palettes, there's one brand that continuously know how to impress. You know the score, it is of course, Urban Decay.



Death before dishonour.

fashion blogger manchester

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that last week, Matt and myself had a little trip up to Manchester. Being an avid lover of Paramore, it only made sense that we hopped on a train to see the band do their thing on their current tour. I have a post coming up on our adventures during our two-night stay (hint: it involved a whole lot of food) so I'll save the full details for that. But pigging out aside, we also made the most of being in the beautiful city by taking a few cheeky outfit snaps.


Megan Ellaby's Manchester Charity Clothes Sale.

megan ellaby manchester charity clothes sale

On Sunday, Matt and myself headed to Manchester (a.k.a my favourite City on the planet) for what I could only describe as one seriously incredible event.



Two nights in Edinburgh.

When it comes to spare time, there's nothing I love more than seeing the great outdoors, exploring new locations and sampling what's on offer in terms of local cuisine, bars and shops.



Six To Listen To On Spotify #4

What to listen to on Spotify

I don't know about you, but if you ask me, there's seriously nothing better than coming across new ear candy. Whether I'm in the car or at my desk, I'm pretty much tuned in to my Spotify Premium account (the best £5/£10 you will spend a month, no doubt about it).



Latest in Beauty Subscription Box.

Latest in Beauty subscription

I've never really been one for beauty boxes. I love the concept of trying new products, discovering 'holy grails' to add to my routine, but paying £20 or so a month for surprise items you might not get along with has always put me off.


Pixi by Petra #PixiPretties Collection.

Ah, Pixi, the brand that never fails to impress. Whether it's their cult Glow Tonic (read my review here!) or their Book of Beauty Palettes, they seriously kill it when it comes to beauty launches. 

A little while back I was greeted with one rather sizeable package, and was thrilled when I realised it was from one of my all time favourites. #PixiPretties, housed in this rather impressive box, is a collaboration with four well known industry influencers; Caroline Hirons, Aspyn Novard, Judy Travis and Maryam Maquillage.

With a little help from the Pixi team, the four were asked to create their 'dream product/s', and boy oh boy, they delivered. This 10 piece collection is certainly dreamy.

Everyone loves a good palette, and Judy whipped up not one, but two, for both the eyes and the lips. Made up of twelve shades, the eyeshadow palette is a good'n for all skin tones and can be used to create looks come day or night. 

With a mix of matte and shimmery neutrals, the texture is everything one could want; buttery soft with a strong pigment. 

Again, with twelve to choose from, the lip palette boasts everything from flattering nudes to bold reds. I haven't actually owned a lip palette since my youth, but the convenience of having so many beautiful shades in one place I'm making me really asking myself why.

Shop both palettes, here.

When it comes to Aspyn's collection, it's all about that glowy, natural look. I love me a good highlighter, so I was very happy to see two in the #PixiPretties box. The blush is also a treat to use, and isn't that dissimilar in tone to the famed, Nars Orgasm. Finally, to bring the look together, Aspyn included a clear brow tamer and lower lash mascara. I'm forever getting black smudges below my eyes so this is definitely something I'm happy to have in my stash. 

You can shop Aspyn's range, here.

A gal can never have too many brushes, right? Right. Maryam has designed the brush of dreams for all your highlight and contour needs, which sits nicely alongside her two sculpting palettes. Like Judy's creations, the shade range is great for all skin tones, and with us heading in the right direction of Summer, they're something I'm going to be reaching for on a very regular basis.

Snap up the products, here.

Finally, we have the release from the skincare guru that is Carolyn Hirons.

I'm 99% certain you'll be familiar with Carolyn, but if not, just think of her as the go-to woman when it comes to knowing the 411 of skin.

Her double cleanse was probably the product I most excited about trying. I'm actually pretty good at sticking to the whole regime already, but with the initial step being micellar water, it's not all that hydrating for my dry complexion. This, however, is a cocktail of a solid oil and a cream in one magical pot, and is basically the answer to all skincare junkies' prayers. Collectively designed to get rid of every single scrap of makeup, not even waterproof mascara stands a chance with this bad boy.

But don't just take my word for it, snap up your tub of double cleanse, here.

So there we have it, yet another incredible launch from Pixi by Petra. Which products have caught your eye? I'd love to know any recommendations you have from the brand!

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Things I'm Going To Do More Of.

2017 life goals blogger

If you read my post on kicking January in the bum, you'll know I've added a couple of steps into my everyday life in a bid to better myself. They've definitely had a positive impact on my mindset, but I've since had a little more time to contemplate and there's still one or two areas I'm keen to do more of...

Take more time out
Last week I opted to book in a few days holiday to give myself a long weekend, and I genuinely can't begin to describe how nice it was. Going to work is never a chore, I thoroughly enjoy my 8:30-5 and I'm lucky enough to say I work alongside an amazing team, but being able to take a little bit of time out, without commuting, or the concern of needing to be anywhere was wonderful. Catching up on sleep, catching up with friends and naturally, a distinct lack of alarms. 

I was also able to spend some quality time with my boyfriend Matt, who, call me biased, but in my humble opinion is pretty much the greatest human you could ever meet. Click here to check out my previous post to see what we got up to when we visited High Force Waterfall! *I also have a few more posts yet to come sharing our ventures from our time off!*

From having just a few days off, I feel so much more refreshed, positive and motivated. Funny how it works, really, but I feel like I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.

Create a blog plan/post more regularly
On the theme of motivation, yus, I've said it a million and one times previously, but I'm set on making a proper blogging plan to keep my little space on the interweb up to scratch. I used to blog pretty much every other day, back in the day, but working full time I can find it a little difficult to keep things regular. After browsing a few different sites for stationary and organisation goodness (how amazing is Kikki.K though?), I'm hoping having a plan in place will work its magic.

Matt also has a blog, and seeing him do his thing, and doing it oh-so well is something I find really encouraging. Having a blogging buddy who shares similar interests seems to make it all the more fun.

Be more positive & cut out unnecessary worrying
I'm a colossal worrier. I can find myself worrying about the smallest of things. But the thing is, 99% of the said things occupying my mind in a negative way, never even come about, which realistically, is a complete and utter waste of time and energy.

I read something recently on Free People and it really put mindset into perspective; ''Many times, people’s negativity comes from one small thought or occurrence and it takes them into a deep, winding spiral. Imagine your mind is like the ocean: the deeper you get into the negative thinking patterns, the darker it gets.''. The FP blog is filled with plenty more wisdom like the above, but that particular paragraph really made me stop and think.

The saying, ''worrying is stupid. It's like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.'' is also another good'n to consider.

I think part of thinking more positively is not allowing yourself to take things for granted. I'm incredibly fortunate in life. I have my health, I'm surrounded by people that love and support me and I live in a safe (and beautiful) area.

If my Mum ever recalls an occasion from when I was a child, or looks at old photos, she always talks about how I always always had a smile on my face. I was the giddy one (with too much energy for my own good). I think I can say I'm still the same person now, only on a toned down level and with a whole lot less energy, but unless something really major occurs, I want to try and start thinking with the same upbeat mentality as I did back then. Sounds crazy, as 'adulting', but in the sense that, if it isn't going to be on my mind or affect me in a years time, it doesn't deserve more than a few minutes thought (y'know, just to give myself a lil bit of time to be a moody so and so). Instead I want to swap that time to thinking more positive thoughts.


''No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side''


One thing I'm itching to do more of in the coming months, is explore. It doesn't have to be far away, or in a foreign land, just visiting new places brings me all kinds of joy. As you'll see in my next few posts (and over on Instagram), I definitely tried to make the most of my days off, with me and Matt venturing to a fair few different locations. We're set to head to Edinburgh and the Lakes later in the year and I have to say, the excitement is real!

Is there anything you're wanting to do more of? I'd love to know your thoughts and tips on the likes of mindfulness and organisation!

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Taking 5 (Days Holiday).

I know I'm definitely not alone in thinking how incredibly important it is to sometimes take a step back from everyday life and relax. With Christmas seeming like a distant memory (8 weeks ago, in fact; how even?) last week I decided to book in a few days holiday at work and have a nice long weekend.

Matt also had the same grand idea, and with him sharing a love of the outdoors, we decided to spend a few days exploring. 

I'm going to refrain from uploading the entire catalogue of images I collated over the weekend (there's a fair few!) so I'll stick to mentioning the first destination we headed to, High Force

Just beyond the gorgeous town that is Barnard Castle, High Force waterfall is set in the most stunning location. I'll let the pictures do the talkin', but think trees, fields and all that good country stuff. 

I'd visited the waterfall once before, as a child, so frankly my memories of the place were pretty non-existent, but I'm so pleased I made the journey back as it is definitely a major treat for the eyes. It genuinely blows my mind that it's free (minus parking) to view this kind of thing, and even more so the fact that it's fairly local.

A little while back you were actually able to reach the top of the fall, however it's since been gated off to the public. Despite this, the views are still incredible! With steps down to the base, you can get pretty close up, which I would highly recommend doing. If you're keen, it might be worth checking the opening days and times, as access isn't given out of hours. 

Also, quick sidenote: no, we weren't rocking matching hoodies... Matt very kindly had an outfit change and lent me his hooded attire when things got a little chilly. 

Post-4pm and it was still light outside? Is this signs of Spring? I sure hope so.

As I mentioned, High Force is within arms reach of Barnard Castle, so we also had a brief browse of the town on our venture out. Though the castle itself was closed, you can still get a pretty good view externally which we definitely made the most of. But not before I got Matt to strike a pose or two, naturally. 

I would 100% recommend a visit to the area should you ever get the chance. There are a couple of great walks surrounding High Force which I am itching to do, especially now we're seeing a little more of the sunshine lately.

Not that I'm biased, but you should also head over to Matt's blog to read up on his thoughts on the day! You could say he's a bit of a whizz with the camera.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Is It Really Worth The Hype?

It's a funny one, powder. Getting the balance between cakey overload and 'this does absolutely nothing',  can prove to be a bit of a struggle. In my personal experience, having skin that's on the drier side of things,  99% of the magical makeup prolongers I've tried don't quite give me the results I'm looking for.

But I think the hunt is over. Finally, a powder that's finely milled but does the job, and does it well. Enter the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I mean, with all the hype it receives, why didn't I think of snapping up this baby earlier?

Described as ''an extremely lightweight, sheer and silky setting powder'', its oil-free, light-reflecting formula can be applied in a number of ways without any concern over it highlighting fine lines or imperfections. 

Laura Mercier recommend purchasing the accompanying powder puff from the range, however I find using a big fluffy brush allows for a little more control when it comes to the application process. I've also seen the product team up with a damp beauty blender for a lighter coverage under the eye area, so it's pretty diverse!

Whilst the powder may have a price tag of £29, a little seriously goes a long way. I can see this lasting me a good few years, so frankly, when you consider the quality, it's undoubtedly worth it.

But the killer question... does it set your makeup in place for the long-haul? In short, yes.

On a day-to-day basis, I apply my makeup at around 6:30am, and at the earliest, return home at 6pm, so a fair amount of time. Obviously by that point my makeup's not looking quite as fresh, but all in all, it's a lot more evident than it would be without the powder in place.

You can definitely top-up throughout the day should you wish, but it would probably be a little more well received on those with oilier skin types, as I find I can start to look a little too matte.

Another serious perk of the product happens to be the fact that it's translucent. So no matter your skintone, it'll blend perfectly all year round!

If you're in the market for a new setting powder (or like me, struggle due to dry skin), I would highly recommend snapping up a pot for yourself!

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Kicking January In The Bum.

We all know it. January is without a doubt, one of the less favourable months of the year. Realistically, when you throw a general lack of funds, post-Christmas blues and cold, dark weather into the mix, what do you expect? But having said this, and without trying to sound too smug, as far as the 2017 opener goes, mine's been pretty swell.

Totally cliche what with it being the start of a new year, but I think it's always good, and beneficial, to try and better yourself, and this past few weeks I've been attempting to do just that. A few cheeky purchases, a few little lifestyle choices and I think I'm taking a step in the right direction.


Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
First things first, I'd had my eyeballs on a Lumie light for the longest time. With promises to aid sleep and increase energy, despite the somewhat sizeable price tag, I was sold. So I may not have S.A.D (this lil' device is supposedly a winner when it comes to helping to cure the side effects), but I've still found it to come in pretty damn handy. Ok, so unfortunately I still wholeheartedly despise emerging from my slumber first thing on a morning, but what would actually fully help this? 

Perks wise, I've really enjoyed waking up to some form of light (though I'm admittedly not a fan of the optional alarm tone... a little too shrill for my liking). It's also emphasised those oh-so satisfying occasions where you wake in the middle of the night and discover you still have 3 hours of cosiness left to enjoy. Additionally, once you've set your morning alarm on an eve, within 30 minutes, it's lights out. Which if you ask me, is a great feature when it comes to encouraging you to swipe off of Instagram and hit the sack. I could go on with my ramblings about it, however I think I may post a more in-depth review seperately to this post so keep your peepers peeled for that!

Gymming it up
As if I couldn't be anymore cliche with the whole 'new year, new me' malarkey, I joined a gym. Yup, I know, *eyeroll*. Sure, I can count on my hands the amount of times I've been, but still, it counts for something, right? I want to try and make a conscious effort to shake my bootaaay 2-3 times a week as I always feel so much better after I've been (we'll see how that one goes...).

Making the most of weekends
Who doesn't love a good weekend? Me and my boyfriend, Matt, have been making a conscious effort to enjoy the outdoors during our time off. Albeit, it's been a tad chilly the majority of the time, but that just makes it all the more fun (providing you don't forget to bring a scarf along for the ride, that is!).

Matt also has a blog (which you should totally go and check out, here) and he has a real knack for picture snapping, so it's been great to head out, explore and get a few photos along the way. Alongside our adventuring, a whole lot of sleeping, chilling and pizza consumption has taken place, and boy-oh-boy has it been grand.

New locks
Y'know when your hair just gets to that stage where it's practically begging you for a trim? Yeah, I'm pretty much there right now. But this is all kinds of ok, as come Thursday, I will be venturing into the hairdressers and hopefully emerging with locks a little shorter and a whole lot more pink. I dabbled with pink hair towards the end of last year, but the results weren't quite as long lasting as I'd hoped, so I'm very excited to give it another whirl!

Get Your Sh*t Together
Pardon my French, but this book is essentially what any human that's struggling when it comes to organisation, needs in their life. Sarah Knight is a no-nonsense, bestselling author, and for good bloody reason. G.Y.S.T is a kick up the backside, 273 times *cough* page count *cough*. I'm still yet to completely finish the book, but it's how I've been enjoying my evenings as of late, which is a whole lot better than my usual, scrolling through Twitter, nighttime routine. I'm hoping by the time I close the book for good (though who am I kidding, I'll totally be re-reading in the not so distant future), I'll have ideas for my blog, and day-to-day life, coming out my ears. Oh, and be able to say my sh*t is a little more 'together' than once before, obviously. Snap up a copy, here.

Here's to a mighty-fine February!

How was your start to 2017? What did you do to banish those dreaded January blues? I'd love to know!

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3 Base Products You Need In Your Life.

Ah, the mighty base. The canvas to a makeup look, one could say. Being fair skinned, I've certainly dabbled with a fair few products over the years, and recently (yep, I think I'm gonna go ahead and say it...), I've found three that tick allll the boxes for pale peeps of the world.

For starters, and to keep things in place, the Becca Backlighting Priming Filter. This is basically just all kinds of awesome. Glow? Check. Blurred imperfections? Check. Longevity? Check. The primer pretty much does it all. Though, yes, it has a slight warm undertone in the bottle, when blended into the skin, said warmth is traceless and you're simply left with radiant, diffused skin. It's a yes from me.

At long last. I can hardly believe I'm typing this, but I've finally found a foundation that actually matches my complexion. No orange, no nothin'. The seemingly impossible beauty battle is over. That's right, the Illamasqua Skin Base is in my stash and it's here to stay. With a whopping 26 shades to choose from, I was optimistic, and rightly so. After a visit to the Leeds Victoria Quarter store, the amazing Drew spent a good 10/15 minutes matching me up to my perfect shade, which happened to be 4.5. My skin is on the drier side of things, however I find I can build up this gem without any concern over the finish. It's lightweight, SPF free (buh-bye ghost face in flash photography) and a little seriously goes a long way. So yeah, in case you couldn't tell, I'm sold. 

To conceal, it's all about the Bare Minerals BareSkin® Complete Coverage Serum Concealer. This is one I'd heard a whole lot about in the blogging world, so naturally after finishing up my last, I just had to snap one up. Again, concealer can be something I can struggle with. Many are either too cakey, too drying or just a little 'meh' (you know the drill). But this combined with a slightly damp beauty blender ticks all the boxes. A concealer and serum hybrid, it works its magic on dark circles and blemishes, brightening the complexion in the process whilst boasting a long-wearing formula. Oh, and with 6 shades available, Bare Minerals have quite literally got you covered. 

Have you tried out any of the above? I'd love to know your thoughts and any base product recommendations you can throw my way!

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