21 September 2014

My Autumn/Winter Wishlist

Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons of the year. There are always wishes that I make to myself (they never happen but that is besides the point) which make me happy. Having an aim is something to live for and I find myself accomplishing almost one thing. I can look back at my wishes and do something about them to make them happen. I made a Summer wish list in July which seems not so long ago but summer is now gone and I have new goals for the upcoming months. As new school terms have started there are things I'd like to change to help me enjoy the seasons more.






Keeping up and staying on track

Motivation is something I lack and I always wish that some would come upon me so that I can achieve important things which will benefit my life. As a college student who has other things on my mind coursework is something that I tend to put off and will find myself doing something else
like watching The Vampire Diaries which is what has distracted me recently. As I relaxed in summer and did whatever I wanted to do I need to come out of that and stay focused. The first day back at college was already stressful from the amount of resubmissions I need to complete let alone other assignments I need to start! It's overwhelming and I just wish some motivation will come soon so that I can stay up to date with everything work doesn't pile up like I left it do in my first year.

Spending more time with my family

As a child I had no care in the world it was so much easier, but as a teenager you find yourself thinking that your 'reputation' is all that matters, and everything you do makes you want to care about what others think. I'm sure everybody feels embarrassed being seen out with their parents/grandparents etc and that was me. I am not completely out of this stage but I can tell I have recently started to not care and get on with what I want to do, because at the end of the day family is what matters the most and the memories created with your family are the best. Therefore, I want to start spending time with my family. I also want to spend time with them more because I am mostly in my room in a mood thanks to hormones.

Get in the festive mood

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I want to get into the mood rather than waiting for it to come. As you get older the preparation and build up for Christmas is fun. I want to do this by going ice skating, going shopping with my friends to buy gifts, visiting Winter Wonderland, spending time at London- the decorations and lights really make it feel like Christmas and most of all watching Christmas films with friends and family. Last year I let my mum decorate the tree herself, I'm not even sure if my brother helped as we was moody teenagers who just wanted to be on the Internet. However this year, I want to create special memories and help out rather than being lazy which brings me on to my next point...

Spend less time on the Internet

This is something that I must do in order to achieve in life. In the future I will ask myself why I spend so much time on the Internet rather than studying and working. TV shows have taken over my life and it's almost turned into an addiction. I also spend way too much time on my phone too speaking to my friends or going on social networking sites. I need to spend time with my friends in person instead. If I stay off the Internet things will get done such as my coursework and revision for GCSE re-takes. I don't mean stay completely off but I spent way too many hours on my laptop and sometimes it's just procrastination.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, what is on your wishlist?

Louise x

7 September 2014

Autumn/Winter Essentials



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In autumn/winter the fashion is at it's best. Warm coats, heeled boots, jumpers are my favourite things to wear and on lazy days hoodies really come in handy to keep warm- I currently have an obsession with anything with text on as you can see from the 'I love sleep" choice. I am hoping for snow this year so I can get my wellies out, £80 worth of wellies don't just need to be sitting with the rest of my shoes for a whole year again. Autumn/Winter is when my lipstick craze comes out, red and purple lips are my favourite colours to wear therefore I am looking forward to wearing dark lip colours and my M.A.C Up The Amp lipstick is feeling rather unloved. I will not go out without my lipstick in Autumn/Winter and my nude colours are pushed slightly to the back of my collection. Glitter makes nails look so pretty for Christmas time. Accessories such as head warmers and gloves are also an essential as it is vital to keep warm, especially when I have to walk to places.

What are your Autumn/Winter essentials?

1 September 2014

1st of September

The start of this new month brings excitement as the prolonged wait has finally come to an end. Autumn and winter is on it's way which is by far the greatest seasons in my opinion as it brings pleasant festivals to enjoy. Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas all lead to time well spent with family and friends. I am so excited for Winter time as Christmas is my favourite season. Christmas lights around shopping centres, ice skating rinks, Santa's grotto's, Christmas films and songs, the build up is the most enjoyable. These seasons also include my 18th Birthday which I am super excited about but also makes me anxious thinking about growing up and what will happen in the future as I am a 'live in the moment' kind of girl. Other than festivals and celebrations the time coming up to Autumn and winter also contains going/going back to school, college or university. Starting new somewhere can be scary however going back somewhere can also mean you can start fresh, as for me- starting fresh means getting work done straight away so nothing is left to the last minute. As these busy periods can be sort of overwhelming happiness, cheerfulness and joy is brought to counteract with the gloom fullness of the rain, wind and colds which brings me positivity so that I can live a little and enjoy these seasons as there is so much to look forward to. Overall, I am excited for what the Autumn and Winter seasons may bring. I wonder if any of you are as excited as I am!

Louise x


31 August 2014

Things I Do When I'm Bored

I moan when I'm always busy and want to have a lazy day and I also moan when I'm bored having a lazy day as I have nothing to do. Here is a list of the things I like to do when I have no plans to save me from boredom.

1. Read and write blogs

What's better to do when your bored. I love writing blog posts and it will keep me occupied for a long time. I also like to go through my bloglovin' feed and find out all about the latest products and whats on trend.

2. Watch Gossip Girl

I am coming to the end of Gossip Girl and I do not know what to do with my life once I have finished it. I will probably watch it again with my friend (I always try and get my friends into the things I like). Any suggestions on good TV shows?

3. Watch YouTube videos

I could spend hours watching videos on my subscription list and end up finding new youtubers and spending even longer watching all of their videos. I love beauty videos obviously but also vlogs and skits/impressions etc.

4. Online shopping

I say shopping but I mostly find myself browsing through various shops looking for new clothes to add to my long list of things I want. I also look on beauty sites because lets face it.. I can't resist. My favourite shops to online shop on are Missguided, Boohoo, Topshop, River Island, Newlook, ELF, Superdrug, Boots and Feel Unique.

5. Watch Films

I don't often watch films, I go through stages of constantly watching films to never watching films. Recent films I have watched are We're the Millers, The To Do List and Revenge of the bridemaids. I also saw The Fault in Our Stars at the cinema. I recommend these films! I am yet to watch Inbetweeners 2, Begin Again and What If.

What TV shows and films do you recommend? What do you do when you're bored?
Louise x

13 August 2014

My Fave TV Shows!

I am currently obsessed with watching TV shows and it's mainly what I do in my spare time. Episode after episode and I've almost completed a season in what.. a day? I used to just watch the usual soaps, big brother and TOWIE but now I have brushed them off and have settled with actual good addictive shows. My friends get me into these TV shows so I thought I'd share with you my favourite shows.

  • Pretty Little Liars

  • Gossip Girl

  • 90210

  • Awkward

I have been watching pretty little liars for ages but in my opinion season 5 is dragging a bit but none the less it is still amazing. I just hope the show ends soon so I can finally find out the mystery. This is the most addictive TV show I have ever watched and I couldn't recommed it enough. Gossip Girl is my favourite show of them all. I must admit it is a show that may take you a while to get into but after you begin to fall in love with the characters it becomes amazing and I was unable to stop watching it. I didn't even want it to end.. and I may have cried at the last episode! I have been watching 90210 for a while and it's an easy show to watch but still amazing. I was hooked from the first episode.. and made me want to live in Beverly Hills. Awkward on the other hand is a show I have just started I watched the first few epsiodes with my friend and then I went home and continued watching it. It's so funny and different to the other shows I have mentioned above.

It is the most annoying thing when good TV shows get cancelled e.g. The Lying Game and Ravenswood they were my absolute favourties and left cliff hangers. I really wanted to find out about the untold mysteries that laid in them. I hate watching something then not finishing it!

Have you watched any of these shows? Any recommendations?

Louise x

11 August 2014

Fashion Haul

After a much needed shopping trip with some friends I came back with a few purchases that I'm really happy with so I thought I'd share them with you. I went to many shops but it's a pain when everything you like doesn't have your size in stock. The most annoying thing is when something looks better on the hanger than it does on you, can anyone relate? First world problems..


From Newlook I brought this lime green cami top which is only £9.99! I think this is a great top to brighten up my wardrobe as I normally stick to plain colours as you will see in this post.. I like to pair this with jeans. It looks nice tucked in but I prefer it out. It is perfect for this season however I don't think we will be getting any hot weather soon in the UK. I think I could get away with wearing this in the winter but for fall this would look amazing with jeans and a leather jacket.

For a while I have been looking for my size in these jeans in my local River Island but have failed a couple of times. I even looked online and they were sold out. When I went shopping in London I found them and had to get them. I have been after these jeans because I have given up with my Topshop Joni jeans as they have gone baggy. I hope these jeans don't do that. They are £40 here.

 I love plain crop tops and when I saw this for only £9.99 from River Island I knew I had to have it. It is different as it has a high neck style. These are so easy to wear as they can be matched with shorts, jeans or high waisted skirts. In the Autumn I will wear this with jeans, boots and a leather jacket for my oh so edgy style.

Denim shorts have been on my list for a while but they are hard to find as I don't want to be walking around with my bum cheeks on show... I found these from again River Island and was surprised at the price. I thought they were going to be more than just £28. I will also wear these in the colder months with tights.










My last top to show is again a high neck top, and again from River Island and again black! What I love about this is that I can dress it up or down. I can tuck it in or leave it out, I love it. This is comfortable as it is jersey material. I also love the back detail. It is also only £18.

And that is the end of my mini fashion haul! I have already been browsing online at more clothes that I want. Hope you liked this post. What item is your favourite?

Louise x




27 July 2014

Things I Do To Save Time In The Morning

Hi guys,

So today in this post, I am going to share with you some of the things that I do to save time in the mornings when I am in a rush. These tips can also help when you are getting ready to go out early in the morning but have time to make extra effort but still have a set time to be ready.

  • In the mornings I like spend less time on my hair as I'd rather spend more time on my makeup. The night that I wash my hair (every other day) I will use my John Freida Frizz Ease spray on wet hair then go on with my hair dryer and straighter. As the spray keeps my hair straighter for longer I do not have to straighten my hair every morning. I will just go over the front parts of my hair and I'm done. Doing my hair the night before saves me so much more time and if I was in a rush as I'd be done in minutes.



  • The morning in which I'm going to work I am super speedy as I am in a rush. I have a quick shower, tie my hair up, put on some foundation, powder and mascara then fill in my eyebrows and I'm good to go. To save time with my makeup I like to get out the products I will use the night before and place them on my dressing table. This saves time because I am not hunting through my makeup drawers (which can be super loud when rummaging.. I don't want to wake the house up) and everything is right in front of me.



  • Deciding what outfit I am going to wear takes the longest time with me. I like to pick out my clothes the night before as I will be less stressed and can be ready in no time. Also if they need to be re-ironed (I like to chuck things in to the bottom of the wardrobe) I have time to do so.



  • If you go to school/college you will find that packing your bag the night before is very helpful as you are not rushing around trying to find a piece of homework or assignment that is due in. I like to think about what I need for the day as I hate forgetting things - I don't know how many times I check that my memory stick is defiantly in my bag. If you're in school, packing your bag the night before will help avoid detentions in case you forget homework.

An extra thing I like to do the morning before I have to be out early is charge my phone and Ipod over night. By doing this I know I will have a full battery for the day. If I forget this I hate knowing I will not have enough battery to last if I want to scroll through twitter, check instagram, chat to friends through whatsapp or BBM etc.

I don't know if this is my super organised self who just does these things.. Please don't tell me I'm the only one. I like to think I am organised and I have to be in a set routine.

Do you do anything to save time in the morning? If so let me know in the comments.
Louise x





18 July 2014

My Summer Wishlist

As the summer break approaches I thought I'd share my summer wishes and what I want to do before the fall starts again.

 Go to Southend-On-Sea


I go to Southend every summer with my family. I love going to Southend as theres lots to do. My favourite thing to do is go to Adventure Island and go on all the rides. I have been on all the rides loads of times and I never get bored. They may not be as great as other theme park's rides such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park etc but I love these plus I don't have to wait an hour to get on a ride! 

I also like going to the amusements rather than the beach. When we plan to go the weather is typically not nice but I think I'd rather sit on the beach with friends rather than family. Southend has the longest standing pier in the world so I'd like to go on a train ride on it however that would be quite scary!




 Have fun

Rather than spending the summer at home addicted to watching TV shows and eating food I want to take every good opportunity given to me and go out more and experience new things. Whether that is with family or friends I do not want to waste my summer and I want to get the most out of it as I can.
 Get a tan

There isn't much sun in England to get a tan and I think I'd just burn anyway. So to be honest, I am going to be tanning from a bottle and pretending I laid out in the sun or went on holiday.











Get fit

Serious fitness is needed in my life. I used to play netball and I was fit but now I cannot run up the stairs without getting out of breath and it's rather embarrassing, especially when I have two flights of stairs to walk up to get to my college room. Cute trainers and gym clothing should give me inspiration to start doing some exercise this summer.







The 'perfect summer body' is of course something everyone wants to have but I can tell I won't have that. I wish I could have total body confidence.







Eat healthy

I honestly eat so much. I am constantly being told I do not have an end to my stomach. I am always hungry and it's bad how most of the things I eat are bad foods. I do not really like eating fruits but that needs to change. I am going to try getting into fruit and yogurt for breakfast but if I do not eat it everyday it will be a waste as it will need to be thrown away. I also need to eat salads and eat a balanced diet. As well as that I need to make sure I have 3 proper meals a day.






Get more confidence

I have got a lot more confidence since I left school and I think it is because I have become more independent and trying a lot more to not care what others think of me. I also find it easier to stick up for myself. I have come out from my shell and have been able to actually talk to new people rather than being shy and awkward. However, there is more confidence that needs to come and I need to start doing things for myself and stop relying on my mum for everything. I can't even talk to a doctor when I'm ill, my mum has do all the talking! Anyone else??

Spend time with friends

Friends are really important and I need to spend more time with them. I need to create more memories with them. I'd like to get a Polaroid camera to capture my memories and make an memory board to place in my room. I'd like to also do more things with friends like visiting more places, going to the beach etc. I hope to make new friends too.






What are your wishes for the summer? I'd love to know! Tell me in the comments!

Louise x






9 July 2014

OOTN

On Saturday night I went to my mum's friend's 40th birthday party and I was so excited to wear my new playsuit and heels. I thought I'd share my outfit with you.




Playsuit- H&M

Louise x


6 July 2014

Hairstyle Inspiration

Oh how I wish I was good at styling my hair but I'm awful. When I'm looking at pictures of hairstyles my first thought is "Wow how do they do that". I can't even make a simple bun look nice. As I have thick hair I think it's harder for me to create styles as I'm not an expert. I'm going to be spending a lot of time in front of the mirror now practising some hairstyles and hope for the best! I can guarantee that I will make a hairstyle look half decent when at home then try and do it again the next day when I'm actually going out and it won't work.. always the way.

This hairstyle looks so classy and glamorous and I wish I could achieve these curls at home! Maybe salon trips for special occasions will do!

A bun and a plait together look so nice and it is perfect for summer to get your hair out the way.

This bun looks nice but I don't think I could do this with my thick long hair such a struggle!

This plait looks amazing especially with the curls. This is perfect for everyday or special occasions.

Lets take a moment to appreciate this girl's hair colour. I would love for my hair to be this blonde! The hairstyle looks effortless.

This bun would be more suitable for my hair. This hairstyle would be great for throwing up when you're in a rush or having a lazy day.


Pictures from We Heart It My profile here

Saved the best till last! This is my favourite hairstyle. I even got my friend to try and do this on my hair but it didn't work out well. I wish I knew how to do this! 

What one do you like best? What is your favourite hair style at the moment?
Louise x

29 June 2014

Coco Brown 1 Hour Tan Review

Hi guys,

So today I have a post for you about a tan I have been using recently that I absolutely love. As my auntie is a spray tanner I have been obsessed with being tanned. As I have really fair skin if I was to tan naturally I would just burn even with factor 50!! As I love to be tanned everyday I decided to try fake tanning myself. I stated off applying a gradual tanner but it wasn't what I really wanted as I love to have a darker tan to last me a week rather than keep having to keep reapplying. I had seen a blogger/youtuber rave about a fake tan product and I read numerous reviews about it to see if I would like it and then I went out and brought it. The instructions say that you should apply it and leave it on for 1 hour if you want a light tan, 2-3 hours for a medium tan or 4 hours for a darker tan. When I applied it I would leave it on for 4 hours and as suggested for an even darker I'd have a quick shower and reapply it. (Do not use shower gel/soap when having the first shower after applying your tan) Now I have learnt that I can do one layer and leave it on over night and it will come out dark therefore I am saving product. When I have a shower in the morning I literally spend 1 minute or less in there so that all the tan doesn't come off.

Marissa Carter's idea behind the tan is that you can apply it 1-4 hours before you are going out e.g to special occasions and wash it off and you're good to go. I like to use this as my normal tan instead. I like to apply my tan before I got to bed and leave it on at night and then wash it off in the morning for a dark tan that will last me for a week. I will then scrub it off and reapply. Rather than using St.Tropez I like to use this as it is cheap and I can get multiple uses out of it. It's never ending, when I thought I had hardly any left I went and brought more but used what was left from the opened bottle and ended up getting a full body application out of it! When I use this in the winter, I will not apply the tan to my legs just my upper body as no one will be seeing my legs in the cold months. In the summer, the only bad thing about applying tan yourself is that you have to be extra careful on your legs. I make sure I have no streaks and that it is rubbed in properly. In the morning I have a quick shower and I pat my legs first so that the legs are perfect otherwise you cannot wear dresses, shorts, playsuits and skirts etc. When you are drying pat yourself dry do not rub.

This tan claims to have a nice smell to it rather than a biscuit scent that most tans have. When you are first applying the tan it smells nice like a perfume however when it develops it turns into a biscuit scent. The tan dries fast, I will stand there for a few minutes before applying clothing. The tan is streak free and easy to apply. It also has a tint to it therefore when you are applying you can see where you may have missed. Once I have a shower in the morning the tan is flawless and it is brown not orange! This tan lasts me for a week and it washes away evenly. I will start off with a dark tan and as the week goes on it gets lighter until it starts to become patchy however before it comes patchy you will know when to wash it off. After the first day of having the tan I will use a moisturiser as it helps the tan to stay nice for longer. This tan is also easy to get off. To get this tan off I will use a soap with alcohol in then use exfoliating mitts to scrub it off. This will take half an hour to do in the bath.

Overall this tan is perfect for times when you need a quick bronze before you go out and it is also good for being left on over night. It is long lasting and is flawless. For an amazing tan that won't cost a lot of money I recommend this. You can buy it here for £7.99.





In these pictures I look more pink but that is just from the lighting, also these are after a few days of having the tan. Hope this helped if you are thinking of buying this tan. I recommend it!

What do you think? Have you tried it?
Louise x

26 June 2014

L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer First Impression

I uploaded a mini haul where I mentioned the L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer and I used it today so I thought I would give you my first impression of this product. According to Superdrug this product will give

  • A pure light base which illuminates the skin. It may be used as a base or alone.
  • A fresh, light and silky soft formula that provides 8 hours of hydration. Lumi Magique is a light reflecting range which gives luminosity to the skin.

The product also says an exclusive formula infused with liquid light technology. A luminous looking complexion as if lit from within. It has a very light, silky soft formula which provides 24 hours of hydration.

I agree that this product is light and illuminates the skin and it does it very well. When first applying I used a big pump of the white formula and used my fingers to apply it to the skin. I couldn't feel it on my skin. When applying makeup over it there was no problems. My foundation glided on smoothly and this product made my foundation look amazing due to the finish.

I have come home from a long day at college (the weather was humid and I was in a rather hot classroom) and I noticed that my makeup had lasted longer than it usually does and I think it is down to this product therefore I think it prolongs the wear of my makeup. My skin stayed luminous all day without looking oily.

On my next application I am going to see how it looks applied alone and to see whether it smoothes out my complexion. If so this will be amazing for days where I do not have time to apply makeup or the days where I don't want to wear makeup but just need an extra something to make my skin look better.

Image from Superdrug

From my first impressions I am happy with this product and I recommned it! I think I will use this over my no7 illuminator as the L'oreal primer prolongs the wear of my makeup and I think overall it looks better.

Have you tried this? What do you think?
Louise x


New Addition to the Shoe Collection

Recently all I have wanted to spend my money on is shoes. I was never really a shoe person but now I can understand everyone's obsession with buying shoes. I really wanted a pair of heels to match a playsuit I got from H&M to wear to special occasions.






I brought these heels from Newlook today and I just had to show you. I love them! The heel is just what I wanted. They are not too tall but still give me the height and they are easy to walk in. I have seen this style around in the high street shops for example this, this and this. You can buy these heels here for £27.99 and you can get them for £25.19 if you have student discount. The shoes I have my eyes on next are these can you tell I am loving Newlook at the moment?

What do you think about these? What are your favourite pair of shoes at the moment?
Louise x


25 June 2014

Mini Haul

When I say mini haul I really do mean a mini haul, I have 3 things to show you. I went into superdrug yesterday to repurchase my coco brown 1 hour tan and I had to look at the makeup stands.. afterall I did need to also repurchase my favourite foundation. The L'oreal stand had a 3 for 2 offer so I couldn't say no? These products I purchased are not new and have already been blogged about however I really wanted to try the other 2 products which are new to my collection.


L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation-£10.99
This foundation is good if you want a light coverage which can be built to a medium coverage. I like this because it looks very natural. The main reason I like this is because it is the first foundation I have found that has best matched my skin colour from the drugstore. I am still on the hunt for the perfect shade to match my porcelain skin as the non matching face and neck stresses me out when I am not tanned because there are more darker and medium shades that can be mixed together to get the right colour to match my tan colour. I also love how it is a dewy foundation as I am not a fan of the matte skin anymore. The shade I brought is rose pearl. From the image below you can tell the consistency of the foundation is runny therefore it will not be thick and heavy on the skin.


L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light-£9.99
I brought this primer as I always see Shaaanxo from YouTube using it and it helped to make her foundations dewy. I will be comparing this to the No7 illuminator I mentioned here as I love that under my foundation. The product comes out white and I cannot wait to try this to see how it makes my base look.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara-£8.99
I needed a new mascara as the one I am using is drying up. When I saw this I had to grab it as I forgot all about this mascara. It has been hyped up with mixed reviews so I had to try it. I am excitied to see how this makes my lashes look and if it is really clumpy I will not enjoy this! I am also excitited to see how the wand works to make the lashes look good as it is bendy to help get right into the lashes.


If you have tried any of these products please let me know what you think! Now back to boring coursework *sigh*
Louise x




22 June 2014

Beauty things I cannot live without

We all have those things we use that we can't live without and have to rush out to get when we have almost run out. I have also done the thing where I use something up and forget to repurchase and end up having to cope a day or two without it.

1. John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 day straight spray 

This is my main thing I need every time I wash my hair therefore I go through these so quickly. When I dry my hair after washing it my hair will turn into a massive ball of frizz and when I straighten my hair it will go frizzy the next second and I'm the type of person who wants their hair to stay straight all day. Now thanks to this product which I found out about from my friend Olivia I now have good hair days and my hair does actually stay straight for 3 days. This also helps to smooth out my hair and make it look better. 

2. Batiste dry shampoo 

For the days when I need a quick spritz to freshen up my hair this is the thing to turn to. When I have been busy and haven't had time to wash my hair when I should have this saves the day and also gives a little volume. 

3. Collection lasting perfection concealer

This makeup item should be a staple in anyone's makeup bag. Whenever I have a big breakout or more than a few I put a bit of this on and it's covered it up. It's amazing. It can also be used to conceal and highlight under the eye in a shade lighter.

4. L'oreal brow artist pencil

This eyebrow pencil is the best I have used so far. The ash blonde colour is the perfect match for my eyebrows. The colour hasn't got any red or orange tones into it is just ash! The application is easy and it lasts all day. 

5. Touch of Silver brightening shampoo

This stuff saves my blonde hair from the brassy tones that I do not want. It smells nice and I use it twice a week.

6. MUA power pout lip balm pen

These crayon balms from MUA are always thrown into my bag. They last for ages and wear off the lips without leaving any residue. You can touch them up without the finish becoming patchy from dry areas of the lips. They are so easy for on the go. 

7. Real techniques buffing brush

This brush just saves the look of my base, I think everyone should own this brush. It gives it an amazing finish and just the right coverage. It makes applying foundation quick and easy. 

8. Rihanna reb'l de fleur perfume

This is my go to scent for the winter. It's the smell that represents me as everyone has a scent they always wear. I also always get compliments when I wear it. I wouldn't say it's a summery scent but I guess you could get away with it in the summer evenings but I love it. 

9. Sudocrem

This may sound like a random weird product to be included in this kind of post but when I have a spot this helps it to calm it down and go away quicker. Its like magic in a tub.

10. Coco brown 1 hour tan

This tan is amazing and I use it all the time as I always have to be tanned even in winter I am just tan obsessed. I love how this tan can be used in many ways. I can go for a light look or I can leave it on night and I am a darker tan colour. Sometimes I will apply the tan twice and leave it over night for an extra dark tan which will last me a week. This tan is easy to apply and I have never had any problems with it. It is tinted so I can see areas I may have missed. I apply it with my sunkissed mit but any mit can be used with this.

What products can you not live without?
Louise x


21 June 2014

No7 goodies!

No7 is a brand that doesn't really stand out to me whilst shopping in the drugstore and whilst there stand looks professional and high end like it still doesn't interest me and I never find myself looking at the products. My Nan on the other hand uses No7 products and enjoys them so I guess I see it as a more mature women's makeup brand. When my Nan gets free gifts with purchase she will give them to me and I am not really interested but I take them anyway like the makeup addict I am. 


In the cute packaged gift box I got a mascara, eyeshadow and a chubby stick(which was awful so I cannot include it in this picture lol) and a skin illuminator. I think I took the gift mainly because of the illuminator as I haven't got one of these in my collection and I have recently heard a lot about them.

The eyeshadow has very cute packaging and will look nice in your collection however the eyeshadow is meh, a greyish silverish colour with not so much pigment but still a nice colour but it wouldn't stand out to me if I was shopping for one of their eyeshadows. I haven't really used this so I don't have much to say about it but when I swatched it there wasn't much colour to show.

The mascara Exceptional Definition on the other hand is my new love. I have been having fights between my eyelashes and my eyelash curlers for a while. My eyelashes grow straight out and getting them in the eyelash curler is a struggle I definitely need a new one. When I was using my Maybelline the falsies it was making my eyelashes look awful they were not helping the eyelashes to curl however this mascara makes my eyelashes look amazing. The wand allows me to get right into the root and separates my lashes and never clump! The mascara is based on lengthening and defining the lashes and there are two sides to the wand. One which defines and lengthens the lashes and the other to add a bit of volume to the lashes. I like the way my lashes look with just the side for lengthening but I do use the other side of the wand to give some volume on natural days where I don't want a lot going on but still some volume. If I wanted more volume I would add another coat of a volumising mascara and then go back with this mascara to unclump my lashes. For everyday makeup this is perfect for me!

The skin illuminator which I think is new (correct me if I am wrong) is again my new love. On it's own it gives my skin a touch of dewyness and improves the look of my dry skin. I think it helps even out my skin tone on my skin and I would wear this on my skin alone if I was in a rush with my makeup with just some mascara. I also love using this before my foundation to make my foundation dewy. I have gone past the matte days and I am all about the dewy skin. This works perfectly at giving me the dewy skin with no glitter,shimmer etc. I have also mixed this in with my foundation and used on its own over foundation as a highlighter and it has still impressed me. I love it!

I am totally obsessed with the mascara and skin illuminator and I will be repurchasing them in the full sizes. Maybe my love for No7 products is coming alive! Have you got any No7 loves? Let me know.
Louise x




Dying my hair blonde!

Dying any hair colour blonde can be a massive struggle due to the upkeep and expense however if blonde is a colour you want to be then I would say all the effort is worth it but before you go blonde make sure you really want to be blonde before you waste your money on salon trips and hair care products.

I now have blonde hair and it has been a long process of getting to where I am now and I still want to be blonder. I have been dying my hair for about over a year now but before that I would get highlights but not regularly. Now that I have had the experience of dying my hair blonde it is a pain but it is 100% worth it to me. Naturally I have ginger hair no offence to any other people with ginger hair but I didn't like it on me, on other people I think ginger hair looks nice but I like the look of blonde hair and thats the hair colour I wanted to have!

When I had my first appointment at the salon to begin the process I had an all over colour of ash blonde mixed with another blonde colour. The reason for the ash colour to be mixed with the blonde colour is that I needed the ash to counteract the redness in my hair. After the colour had been left on for an hour it was time to wash the colour off. The hairdresser dryed my hair and I wasn't completely impressed on the colour it came out with as I was expecting a bigger difference so highlights were put through the top to make it more blonde which then I was then happy with till my next appointment.

I was told I should be having my roots done every 4 weeks but that is hard for me as I only work on saturdays. I pay for the appointments myself as my mum didn't want me to dye my hair therefore the only way I was allowed to do it was if I paid for it myself. I leave my roots till I feel like they need to be done. As I still have bits of my natural hair colour running through my roots don't look bad but as the process goes on and my natural tones are not visible anymore I will have to start going on more regular trips to the salon otherwise I will look ridiculous!

The end result I am going for is white blonde and even though it will take me a while I am pleased with the hair colour I have now. When people first meet me they have no idea what my natural colour is and I look naturally blonde. I think that any of you's reading who may have ginger hair and are thinking of dying their hair for the first time I would recommend going to a professional hair dresser rather than buying dye from boots or superdrug as if it goes wrong there is nothing you can do to get your natural hair colour back quick and fast. Sometimes dyes from the shops can turn your hair green and that is not a good look so I would pay the money rather than ruining your hair. I'd have the biggest mood on if my hair went wrong and I had to go out with it! When I see people who have dyed their hair blonde by themselves I never see it looking nice it is often orange or yellow. A girl I work with brought the L'oreal hair dye that was on adverts that said would give you platinum blonde hair however it just turned the hair yellow.

When I go to my hair appointments I will have highlights and the amount I have will change. I will have them at the top or at the bottom to take out the natural tones or I will sometimes have them at the top and bottom depending on how much I need. I will then have ash colour all over. The hairdresser will then wash my hair with normal shampoo then re-shampoo the hair with a purple/blue shampoo which takes out the brassy tones. On two occasions the shampoo had been over used or left on for too long and some bits of my hair had turned slightly greyish blue but it can be washed out with a bleach cleanse.

If you do have naturally ginger hair like me and you want to dye your hair I would recommend dying your hair blonde rather than brown. I'm not telling you that you have to dye your hair blonde but it would be a lot easier as when you have dark hair and naturally lighter hair the roots are more visible therefore if you have ginger roots and brown hair it will look silly but with blonde hair it looks better and I'd say ginger is more on the blonde side than brown.

My hair is fairly long and I do not wear extensions even though I get asked if I wear them a lot which annoys me so much! I do not do anything special with my hair to keep it nice however I think it is looks looked after even though I do straighten and dry my hair often without a heat protectant. The only products I use on my hair to style it is the John Frieda 3 day straight from the frizz ease line. I absolutely love it for keeping my hair straight. The hair products I use when washing my hair are the Touch of Silver brightening shampoo and the L'oreal Elvive shampoo for dry and coloured hair. Even though I use heat products and dye my hair my hair is still nice and I don't think I need a huge amount of hair care products to make it look nice but if you have any recommendations please leave them below.

I have some things for you to think about to help you decide if you want to dye your hair or not
  • Do you have the money every 4-8 weeks to get your roots done?
  • Go to a hairdresser you trust and who is good as you don't want it to go wrong!
  • Do you have time to spend hours at the salon to get your hair done?
  • If you like your hair colour but want a change make sure you do because it is expensive
  • Buy blue/silver shampoo to care for your colour between appointments
  • Colour will irritate your scalp, it itches so prepare yourself for 10 minutes of itching

Dying your hair to blonde will take a long time depending on your natural hair colour. If this is what you want to do then I say good luck! I sometimes get asked if i regret starting the process because of the upkeep and the cost but I say no as I love my blonde hair. I am also high maintenanced so I don't mind my trip to the hairdressers.

Did you find this helpful? I hope so. Please comment below if so!
Louise x 

18 April 2014

The start of my MAC eyeshadow collection...

Uh-Oh yes, I have also been sucked into collecting MAC eyeshadows and I can tell I am going to have to fill a full palette in the future. I went to MAC on Tuesday and I already knew what eyeshadows I wanted yet I still stood there for ages swatching a lot of colours.

I bought my first two eyeshadows in the original packaging instead of the pan slots, and will be buying palettes to fill soon. I will re-purchase these colours in the future once I have used them all up anyway so it doesn't matter!



All that glitters is such a gorgeous colour and I am going to get a lot of use out of it as it's a colour you can wear all year round! Who doesn't love pink and glitter?


Espresso is a brown matte eyeshadow which is great for working into the crease. It compliments all that glitters well and I can tell this is going to be a eyeshadow i reach for a lot!

I am very pleased with my purchases and can't wait till my collection increases! What was your first MAC eyeshadow?

Louise x

17 April 2014

My go to spring/summer makeup look!

The way I do my makeup changes all the time. Every day I will do the same thing even if I have extra time to spend doing my makeup but every now and then I like to mix it up a little and go all out. I am not an expert at makeup and definitely not when it comes to eye makeup but I am learning!

This makeup look is perfect for the days where you want to change up your makeup to something fun but don't want to look like you have over done it!  This look is also super girly!


Base

L'oreal Lumi Magique foundation & Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer
L'oreal Lumi Magique concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte powder
Benefit Hoola bronzer
Benefit High Beam highlighter

Eyes

L'oreal Brow Artiste eyebrow pencil in blonde
ELF eyelid primer
MUA Undress Me Too palette
Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner
MUA eyeliner pencil
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies mascara

Lips

Revlon Matte Balm in showy

Just a little side note, you may be wondering what blusher I am wearing however, believe it or not, I am actually not wearing a blusher. I have also put concealer over my cheeks to try and hide the redness but it doesn't cover how pink my cheeks actually are. It is a good and a bad thing. Good- I don't need blusher Bad- it looks like i cant put on blusher properly sometimes..

Hope you like this makeup look! What are your favourite products to use this spring/summer?
Louise x