Showing posts from April, 2017

How To Get More Followers on Instagram

Instagram has been a hot topic in the bloggersphere this past week, for many reasons. But the biggie was Insta Bots. If you don't know what I'm talking about basically a lot of well known and some less known bloggers, even brands have been outed as buying followers and using bots to unfollow/follow users on Instagram. Which some have deemed cheating and fake. I'm not here to really speak about that but I do feel Hannah Gale and Vix Meldrew spoke about it eloquently in their posts.
There are bigger things in the world than followers, obviously but the more followers you have the more likely brands are likely to work with you. The more likely people will read your blog and frankly I like getting new followers and nice comments on my pictures.  I don't have the biggest following. I dont have a blue tick or a K next to my numbers but I'm quite happy with what I've got currently and how its grown throughout the last few years. See my instagram here. And below are a…

The Denim Shirt Dress

I've mentioned before that I used to absolutely despise denim and jeans, probably because I spent the first years of my life in denim dungarees, oh the 90's. Then maybe a year ago I bought my first pair of jeans in years, in black and then in white and slowly I've been incorporating denim and jeans back into my wardrobe.  The other week when I was out shopping for friends birthday presents, I saw this denim shirt in River Island and I really fell in love and since then its been one of the main staples to my daily wardrobe. Its effortless, its perfect for day or night and most importantly, you can eat carbs and bloat and no one will see.

It was only £35 which I think is pretty reasonable, and I've already worn it on 3 occasions, so I can see me, this summer getting good wear out of it. Sadly its now sold out, link below to a similar one, also from River Island!

Mac Lipstick Review- Studded Kiss

I love a Mac lipstick. Without a doubt, my favourite lipsticks to use. When I go to Mac and buy one, I tend to buy two at a time. So recently I bought Kinda Sexy which I review here and then Studded Kiss which is a dark oxblood red. I know its approaching summer and I should be wearing peach tones but something about this shade really got to me. I think its quite similar to Leo by Kylie Cosmetics which I adore but the matte lipsticks always go weird after a while of wearing it, where as this stays put.  I love that the Mac matte lipsticks are matte but don't feel overly dry. This has a matte finish but my lips still feel moisturised and hydrated. 
Buy Studded Kiss here.

The Best Advice For Anyone Wanting To Dye Their Hair Blonde

1. Don't Expect to Have The Perfect Blonde After The First Dye
Especially if you have dark hair. It can take several attempts to lighten the hair fully and it may take place after several weeks/month so not to damage the hair too much. I'm lucky and my hair lightens pretty easy but every hair type is different and you can never tell how the bleach will work till its completed. Don't go in with high expectations and know that this is a process. 
2. Go To A Professional
Hairdressers despise box dyes. I am partial to one every now and again when darkening my hair but never ever going lighter. Always seek a hairdresser you trust. Look at reviews or maybe you know someone who's gone to that salon before. It will cost a bit more but its worth it. Often if you do it at home, it ends up need correcting in a salon anyway. 
3. Protect Your Hair With The Right Products
Bleaching your hair takes its toll on your hairs condition so make sure you buy products to keep it healthy. I …

Desk Tour 2017

It wasn't too long ago that I posted a desk tour, in fact you can see my previous, from November here and whilst the basics haven't changed I have had a few new cute editions. Mostly little christmas gifts like my cinema light box my housemate got me and my lights in a jar my sister bought and recently I bought the cutest little white heart box to store things to do and spare wires etc. And where possible I try to get flowers and candles on my desk as I think it gives me a better atmosphere and vibe when working. And my cats like to attack and try to eat the flowers so that keeps them happy.

I think its super important to give yourself a good working environment to get shit done, thats tidy, clean and motivating to the individual.

I've also recently bought a small set of Alex drawers  from Ikea, in grey, that are soon to arrive, and they will slot nicely under my desk, which is also from Ikea. I think I'm probably going to store make up in there, as currently its all …

My New Favourite Jeans

I used to hate jeans. I don't know why, but I had an unnatural hatred for them, and denim as well. But these days they're a staple in my wardrobe and although I don't think I actually own any blue denim ones still I do own 1 green, 2 black, 1 white, 1 grey and even a pink thrown in there.  I've lately seen lots of lace up jeans and I have been absolutely obsessed with them and I knew I had to have a pair.  Then I spied these Jamie jeans in Topshop and after I couldn't get them off my mind for about two days I went in and bought them. Usually I'm an 8 but they 8's could not be zipped up so I went for a 10 which were much more comfortable and felt like, if I ate a whole lot of food, I could bloat and still be fairly comfortable.  I love that their a jean that you can wear day or night and can be so versatile. As you can tell I'm absolutely obsessed and their currently my go to jeans. 
Buy a pair here.

Real Techniques Multi-Tech Collection

After getting my make up professionally done at Mac (see post here), I realised how bad I am at doing make up. So I googled something along the lines of "How To Do Make Up Good" and the first point in any post I read is that you need the right tools. Although I have a Real Techniques foundation brush, I still had been using make up brushes I bought from Wilkos nearly 3 years ago, in fact here's the post here.  So I went in search for make up brushes and oh god why are they so expensive. Do you remember the days when everyone just used their fingers and everyones make up was shit, can't we go back to that? I had looked at Mac brushes but then I realised I would have to not eat food for a bit so I decided I'd still to the Real Techniques brand which is affordable and also good quality. Superdrug had a deal on their MultiTech collection, which is currently still 3 for 2 online. I bought the Small Point Make Up Brush set which comes with its own holder, which is mos…

On Being Blonde

So this week I decided kinda spontaneously to go get highlights in order to gradually start going back blonde again.  I've been blonde about 4 or 5 times now in my life and its something I always go back to. I've mentioned before as a teen, I aspired to be blonde with big boobs; basically like Pamela Anderson. The boobs never happened but I can always dye my hair and I go to and from wanting to be blonde and brunette every other year.  My first attempt to be blonde ended up with 'sunset' hair. I basically let my sister use a box dye and it was horrific(see centre pic below).  The second my sister, now a qualified hair dresser, dyed my hair with a full head of highlights and then we kept going from there. The third time, nearly all my hair fell out and it took several years to grow it all back and repair the damage I created to my hair. Look after your hair kids. And then I've dyed it twice after that.
I just feel like being blonde makes me more confident. It makes…

Mac Lipstick Review- Kinda Sexy

I talked about in this post here about when I got my make up done. When it came to getting a lipstick, I wanted something similar to Velvet Teddy, but not Velvet Teddy because I have over worn that shade a thousand times over. So the lovely lady at Mac suggested Kinda Sexy which is like with more of a peach tone to it.  I couldn't recommend their matte lipsticks enough. I'm definitely more of a matte rather than gloss kinda gal and I own maybe 20 now? I can't remember but Kinda Sexy is my current day time go to lipstick. It works especially well when I'm looking tanned. 
Buy yours here.

Blogging Goals For This Year

Oh hi there. Look at me with my fancy new domain name. I have tried about 3 times to get a domain name and I couldn't figure it out and then today I log onto Blogger and Google asked me if I would like to buy a domain name, and guess what? I did. So with a couple of clicks and typing my bank deets in, I have a domain name. Now I've conquered that, which for me is a HUGE achievement, I've been thinking about all the things I want to achieve with this blog and how I want to change how I think.
1. Don't Let My Mental Health Consume Me So Much I Stop Blogging
 This happens a lot. I have periods where I just don't write anything sometimes it is genuinely cause I'm so busy and sometimes its because I just feel useless. I have voices in my head that tell me what I write isn't good enough and compare myself to people who started around the same time as me but are 'more successful' in my eyes because they haven't gone months without writing because they …

My Summer Bucket List

One of my little non-resolution, resolutions this year was to try and do more things I've never done before. I'm not talking like climb Mount Everest/life changing leaps. I mean the little things like travel somewhere first class or go trampolining.  So this year so far I've been just trying to do a bit more than being sat on my arse watching Netflix. This includes; getting my make up done professionally, visiting Conwy Castle, going to Shrewsbury twice, going to the cinema, going out for food more etc etc.
Now its getting warmer and Summer's approaching, its making me think of all the things I want to get done whilst the weather is warm and all the things I want to do before the year is over.

Go To A Festival  I already have V booked so this is pretty much guaranteed to happen. I'm 26 and I've never been to a festival!
Go Away By Myself  I have this absolute fantasy to just go away on my own and get a really nice hotel and just explore a city on my own. I'm reall…

That Time I Got My Make Up Professionally Done

I think one of my goals always is to get better at make up and for a while I'd been thinking about booking a class or something along those lines. So when my work's Christmas party came up I decided to book myself in with an artist to get it done professionally.  My ultimate favourite make up brand has always been Mac. Ever since I was younger and obsessed with Christina Aguilera and she collaborated with them for Viva Glam, its always been an iconic brand for me and optimises great make up.

So I booked myself and the girl who did my make up was super friendly and asked me loads of questions about what I wanted and what I was wearing so it would compliment it. I had a pretty strong image in my head of what I wanted as I spent about 2 weeks obsessing about my look for the night. 

It took less than an hour and I absolutely loved the finished look. The great thing was that with Mac is, it costs £40 but you get that back to spend on products, so I bought Studio Fix foundation, Ki…

March Outfits

I'm kind of loving this weather at the moment other than today's bout of rain. But its starting to get warmer which has meant other than in the evenings, I haven't needed to wear a full on coat, so I've been able to go out in just a jumper and tights aren't always necessary. My goal at the moment is to try and do more outfit posts but I'm thinking of doing them like this in a monthly round up cause other wise they'll just be filled with work outfits and no one wants that