Friday, 14 July 2017

Luxury Skin Care Wish List

Hiya! I hope you're okay!

Let me tell you. It is definitely not a secret that I spend a little too much of my time lusting over super luxurious skin care products. I've been into skin care ever since I was just a little girl, my Mum would always push me to take care of my skin. 'Cleanse, tone & moisturise' was always a part my routine, and I'm so thankful it was. Today thought I'd put together a wish list of my most lusted after products. They're all at the very top of my wish list and as soon as funds allow, they will be mine. *mwahah*

1. L'Occitane - Creme Divine - £78.00 for 50ml
First up, this beautiful face cream! This is the Divine Creme by L'Occitane.. It is an anti-ageing face cream which works towards preventing and reducing wrinkles. I know what you're thinking "But Gemma you're only 25! You don't have any wrinkles!" Which would be correct, right now I don't have many wrinkles at all. However I really do believe in the old saying that prevention is better than cure. In my mind, it makes so much sense for people with more 'youthful' skin to start using anti-ageing products while their skin is still youthful. That would allow us to prevent the wrinkles from happening, rather than trying to rewind time and make them disappear! That is why I'm personally such a big fan of anti-ageing products.
The cream contains Immortelle essential oil, Immortelle cell extract, Marsh Clover, Myrtle, Honey, Bellis Perennis, Hyaluronic Acid, Evening Primrose oil and Camelina oil. I saw Hyaluronic Acid and got pretty excited (mainly because I knew what it was), I've had Juvaderm lip injections before so I have spent a lot of time learning about it. It is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It improves skin hydration, stimulates skin's collagen production, has anti-inflammatory properties, it cushions joints, it maintains skin elasticity... it is a miracle worker.
The cream smells absolutely divine and feels like velvet moving over the skin. My Mum has worked her way through a couple of these tubs. It is so smooth and luxurious, I just can't praise it enough. I will own it one day!

2. Alpha-H - Liquid Laser Super Anti-Ageing Balm - £56.00 for 30ml
Yes. Yes. Another anti-ageing treatment. This one is extremely luxurious. Liquid laser balm by Alpha-H. Think of it like a balmy facial treatment rather than an every day moisturiser. If you have dry skin, this will be an absolute god send for you! I don't recommend for people with normal/oily skin, just because it is so intense. I first heard about this product through one of my favourite bloggers and YouTubers of all time - ModelRecommends.
It contains Macadamia oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, White Mulberry, Cucumber, Hibiscus, Lavender oil, Mandarin oil and Patchouli oil.

It has a really balmy texture, but melts on the skin and turns into a beautiful oil, without feeling greasy. I have read that you can wear it over night and it doesn't leave any nasty, greasy residue on your pillow. As someone who struggles with very dry skin, I can't wait to give this a go.

3. Sol De Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - £18 or £44 depending on size
Fancy a tub of body firming goodness that gets to work on cellulite around your legs and bum? Yep. Me too. This is Sol De Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum cream! It is comprised of different oils such as Acai and Coconut oil, and enhanced with Guarana which produces one of the most potent forms of caffeine in the world!
I am absolutely gagging to try this cream, I have read nothing but amazing reviews. I've only ever seen people rave about it's smoothing and firming abilities. I've also been informed that it smells like amaretto, almond cookies, vanilla and pipe tobacco! Doesn't that just sound tooooo much?! I can't wait to get my hands on it.

4. Sisley - Botanical Floral Toning Lotion - £65
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, my Mum has made sure 'Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise' had been a part of my daily routine since before I can remember. She would always nag me about taking my makeup off before bed and always encouraged me to keep my skin well looked after. This Sisley Floral Toning Lotion has been knocking around my wish list for a long time now. I absoutely LOVE toner. I love how cooling and refreshing it is after a long day, or first thing in the morning. I always feel a bit grubby if I haven't used a toner, like I've left some of my makeup on and it's just soaking into my pores.
This toner contains: cornflower, witch hazel, rosewood, geranium, St John's wort, lavender, malt, wheat proteins, rose and sage. It is completely alcohol free, which is a huge bonus. A lot of toners contain a crazy amount of alcohol and I personally don't fancy rubbing a bunch of alcohol over my skin. It is suitable for all skin types and just like everything on this list, I've only heard good things about it!

5. Guerlain - Super Aqua Eye patches - £79
This is, again, another product I discovered through ModelRecommends. If you've never watched her YouTube channel or read her blog, you have to check her out. These are Guerlain's Aqua Eye patches. I've had a read through the reviews for this product and everyone seems so impressed. Apply these under-eye masks at any time and in just 10 minutes, signs of tiredness, puffiness and dehydration disappear! A friend of mine has actually used these before and she mentioned that they are well worth the pretty hefty price tag. Worth the splurge apparently.
My old pal Hyaluronic Acid is an active ingredient in these masks, along with desert rose complex and terminalia sericea root extract. All very well known for their moisturising properties.

So that's it! My luxurious skin care wish list! I will be reviewing all of these products as soon as I have had a chance to try them out, watch this space. If you've ever used any of these products, please share your opinions! I'd love to read.

Til next time,

Thursday, 13 July 2017

When Is Your Turn?

Hello! I hope you're okay.

'When is your turn?'

A question that has really started to rub me up the wrong way. Something I'm inevitably going to hear every time I visit my 'Mum friends' or when I'm seen holding a baby, or when I even dare to mention the word baby.

I'm writing about this today because I've heard this question (or other variations) far too much recently. A lot of well known social influencers have announced their pregnancies very publicly and as I've been scrolling through the comments, I've seen people asking other people when it'll finally be their turn to have a baby.

I know that most people say it playfully. I am aware that it is mainly said with love and care, they don't mean to be malicious or stir up any bad feelings. However I think this is a question that shouldn't really be thrown around as easily as it is.

Different variations of this question, and general statements that are off limits:
  • "Are you trying?"
  • "So, when am I going to be a grandad/grandma/aunt/uncle etc?"
  • "So when are you going to give us good news?"
  • "I just can't wait for grandchildren to come along"
  • "Come on surely it's your turn! My child needs a future friend/girlfriend/boyfriend"
  • "Oh yes it'll be babies next, better start saving!"

Let's be brutally honest here, you do not know what is going on behind closed doors.

Consider this:
  • The person you've asked is struggling with infertility due to either a medical reason, or an unknown cause. They're trying to conceive but it just never happens for them. Behind closed doors, they're crying their eyes out because they can't have the one thing they so desperately want.
  • The person you've asked has been able to conceive, but isn't able to hold a pregnancy. For some reason their body seems to be working against their wishes and every pregnancy has ended badly. Or they have suffered a still-birth. Or they've lost a very young child. Behind closed doors they're keeping that dark secret in fear that they'll never be able to see their child learn & grow.
  • The person you've asked is having serious relationship problems and being pregnant is the last thing on their mind? Behind closed doors, they're just trying to keep their relationship above water.
  • Behind closed doors, the person you've asked is really struggling to make ends meet financially as it is. There is no possible way for them to afford to raise a child right now, as much as they may want to. The average cost of raising a child to 18 years old is just over £200,000.
  • The person you've asked has decided that they don't want children. Not everyone is meant to be a parent! It doesn't make them any less of a person, it doesn't mean they're 'just not ready'... no. It means they've decided they do not want a child. Some people just don't like children. Behind closed doors they're wondering if they're weird or abnormal for never feeling a maternal/paternal instinct or never feeling the want for a child.
  • The person just isn't ready! They do want children when the time is right but they just aren't in that place right now. It seems like as soon as a couple seems to 'get serious' society starts expecting certain things from them. Marriage, children etc.
    Let people live their own lives!
There a million different situations and decisions that you just don't know about. I know people are probably excited to see their friend have a baby, or to become a brother/sister/aunt/uncle/grandma/grandad, but please for the love of all things holy, just stop asking. People without children do not need to be told that 'the biological clock is ticking' and we do not to be told how desperately your child needs a future bff.
Til next time,

Friday, 7 July 2017

Over Editing In The Beauty Industry

Hiya! I hope you're okay.

As a self confessed makeup obsessive, I spend a lot of my time scrolling through Instagram looking at amazing different looks put together by some exceptionally talented makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Over the past couple of years I've noticed a trend that is really starting to bug me. Introducing Exhibit A and Exhibit B*:


Yep. Over-editing. Extreme Photoshop. Whatever you want to call it, it is taking over and it is driving me crazy. I can't help but look at this epidemic from a few different perspectives
  • As a makeup artist:
    Okay, I don't ever call myself a makeup artist. I did study professional makeup artistry at college, I didn't qualify (that's a story for a different post), but I studied the majority of the course. Yep, I am a true Beauty School Drop Out.
    As you can imagine I have spent time talking to a lot of different makeup artists all working at different levels of their profession. I can't help but sympathise with them during this Photoshop, Instagram MUA craze. They have clients coming to them requesting looks they see on Instagram. Unfortunately that means they are fully expecting to end up completely smooth and texture-less like a blow up sex doll. Which is fair enough! If they don't have much knowledge of makeup, they might think that kind of result is possible. Ya know, totally erasing skin texture. *Insert side eye emoji*
    Makeup artists are suffering as clients are left disappointed when they can't achieve the look they're expecting.
  • As an aspiring makeup YouTuber/Blogger:
    I enrolled onto a professional makeup course in 2010 because that's what I thought I needed to do in order to be truly successful on YouTube. I spent all of my spare time watching Sam & Nic Chapman (Pixiwoo), Wayne Goss, Michelle Phan. I wanted to develop my talent and become as genuinely knowledgeable as they are. I wanted to start a channel and inspire people with my creativity, as they do. I desperately wanted the channel to be like a 'progress diary' for my skills. These days I spend my time creating makeup looks and posting them to Twitter and Instagram. I have really been enjoying posting to Twitter and Instagram due to their growing makeup communities. There is some incredible talent out there!
    Since these heavily photoshopped have become so popular, it's becoming difficult to get genuine interaction and support for more 'natural' photos. People tend to show a lot of attention towards these severely edited pictures, while the 'natural' photos are kind of shoved to the back.
    People act as if flaky skin, stray hairs or any kind of texture is a direct reflection of the makeup artist's skill. That isn't fair. We need to be showing more support towards people who are keeping it real!
  • As a customer:
    I will admit that this is what really inspired me to write this post. I am fed up of brands using these heavily edited photos to promote their products! I understand that they want to be showing more aesthetically pleasing photos, but sometimes the makeup ends up looking totally different compared to the actual product. Customers then purchase these products because they're impressed by the editing and ultimately end up disappointed when they try them in person. I've ended up second guessing my ability to apply or 'get away with' certain products as a result of this.
Don't get me wrong I totally understand and support artists using digital tools to smooth skin slightly, or removing a blemish etc, but claiming the work is purely down to skill? Come on now, hun. I've scrolled through the comment sections for these photos and I've seen a bunch of people asking for tips on how to get skin so smooth, makeup so blended or lines so sharp. I have witnessed 'makeup artists' giving out tips like:

"It helps where you focus the camera"
"For lines you need the right formula"
"Invest in expensive products"

Seriously, no hate, no shade. It's simple... If you've edited a look in any way, just say it! Own it! Don't have people out here feeling like their skills are inferior because they can't achieve that alien plastic skin. Or because they can't abolish their skin texture.

Till next time!

*Please note, I have not used the any photos to shame or call out only specific people, they have just been used as examples. I am not trying to offend anyone.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Makeup Artists - Week One

Hiya! I hope you're okay!

Today I am starting off a new series on my blog! *insert party popper emoji*
This will be a series of posts that celebrate my favourite makeup artists and enthusiasts! I am kicking off the series with some of my absolute favourite artists off all time. These the artists who have each individually inspired me to up my makeup game. For those of you who don't know, I studied makeup artistry in college and these are the artists responsible.
Without further rambling, let me get into it.
As you read through, click the text links. I'll link you back to all artist's social media channels, and photos of their amazing art.

Of course I am kicking off my list with the absolutely beautiful Sam & Nic from Pixiwoo. I have been watching these sisters for 8 years. EIGHT YEARS. I remember the exact first video I ever watched of theirs. It was a video of Nic doing a purple smokey eye look. I remember I was fascinated that there are people on the internet showing people how to apply makeup. It blew my mind.
These two always have been and always will be two of my favourite people on YouTube. They're genuinely, extremely talented and you can tell they absolutely love makeup and love making videos. They've created some really beautiful, classic looks that continue to completely blow my mind every time.
A personal goal of mine to meet them & chat about makeup some day. LOL gal can dream.

Aww, Wayne. I started watching Wayne Goss around the same time as I started watching Sam & Nic. I remember the first video I watched of his too! It was a flawless skin routine! He is another person that inspired me to go to college and learn the art of makeup for myself. He's so massively knowledgeable and talented. A fountain of skill, I've learned so much from him. He is always doing his own thing too! His channel is unique and I adore his sense of humour. His Instagram is hilarious too, loves a meme this guy.
Sam, Nic and Wayne actually first gave me the 'YouTube Bug' too, back in 2009-ish all I wanted was to be like them and have my own channel. Sometimes I kick myself for not starting back then... but it'll come ;)

Pat McGrath. This woman is a makeup goddess, everything she does just is so unique, innovative and dead-on perfect that I'm pretty convinced she's been given some actual makeup super powers. Pat McGrath has worked with fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, photos of her work has been featured in i-D, Vogue (American, English, AND French), Harper's Bazaar have also featured her work. She attends global fashion show seasons and works with many top designers. The way she has worked to bring fashion and beauty together has always inspired me. Her Instagram is a must-follow if you're into makeup. Her work is awe-inspiring and mesmerising.

Hrush Acheman is one of my favourite makeup artists right now. Her work ALWAYS looks absolutely flawless. Second to none. The fact that she's a self taught makeup enthusiast, turned entrepreneur and celebrity makeup artist is so inspirational to me. Her list of celebrity clients is absolutely insane, including Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie & Kendall Jenner, Karrueche Tran, Giuliana Rancic and many more. Responsible for one of my favourite looks Kylie Jenner has EVER worn, wearing Serenity lipstick by Gerard Cosmetics. Hrush is a queen of creating absolutely flawless, classy looks.
AND SHE'S SELF TAUGHT. All of this stemmed from her bedroom. I love it.
Check out her Instagram for more!

Last but definitely not least is an OG, a legend in these parts, MAC Cosmetic's Director of Artistry, Terry Barber. Terry Barber has been working with MAC for 17 years and is someone I truly look up to in this industry. He states his fascination with makeup came from watching David Bowie blur the boundaries of gender and creating a new kind of beauty. He's worked with Grace Jones, Alexander McQueen, Gucci... I could go on forever.
He takes inspiration from his surroundings. Copper wire, Spilled tea, Sliced ham... everything. That is something I personally try to do myself, so it's not hard to see why I follow Terry's work so religiously. Let me tell you, you NEED to be following Terry on Instagram if you're looking to be inspired. It is truly unique. Like a gorg art gallery.
Watch this video of him too, I loove it.

Soo that concludes my first post for this series, this has been a list of the people I find most inspirational in the industry! From now on, I will be featuring 5 artists who I feel deserve more attention! The post will go up every Saturday and I cannot wait to show some support for this facinating, creative industry.

Till next time...

Weight loss diary: Week Two

Hiya! I hope you're okay.

Ooookay so this week's weight loss diary might as well be called "fail diaries" week 2. Hahah!
No it isn't quite as bleak as I make out. However I was ready and geared up to get on with this journey and suddenly, BAM. I start PMSing and subsequently, starting my period.
Isn't. Life. Grand.
Fortunately Summer has been kind to me. Thanks to 30+ degree heat, my appetite has seriously diminished. I've pretty much survived this week eating just super noodles and spinach for dinner. I'm not kidding that was dinner, all week. I know I know, not the healthiest meals to be consuming. A minuscule amount of calories and not much variation to be enjoying either. Food has been, uninteresting! Not much to report here.

However, there is something to report when it comes to exercising. I've really been enjoying Yoga. I've been following different yoga session videos from Yoga With Adriene! She is an absolutely incredible teacher. I started her videos as an absolute beginner and I'm already seeing improvements. She's incredibly funny and down to earth, someone you'd want to listen to every day.

Sorry for the short diary this week, it's been a bit of a shambles all around.
Start weight: 15 stone (Rounded up) UK size 18
Current weight: 14 stone 12 pounds
Amount lost: 2 pounds!
Goal UK dress size: 10-12

Till next time,

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

50 Questions You've Never Been Asked [TAG]

I was scrolling through Twitter as you do and I saw LoveMelissa tweet about a '50 Questions You've Never Been Asked' tag and, being the nosy cow I am, I just loved reading through all of her answers. At the end, Melissa tagged anyone who wants to do the tag so here I am!

1. What is your favourite candle scent?
Oooh I love the Incense & Embers candle from Jo Malone and the Bohemia candle from Byredo. They're both on the 'pricier' side I guess, but they smell absolutely divine! Totally worth saving up for.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
Hmm. I'd say probably Vanessa Hudgens! Just because I would be able to borrow from her wardrobe *insert heart-eye emoji*

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
I'd say Nick Grimshaw. He is so cool, he has the coolest friends. Definitely Grimmy!

4. How old do you think you'll be when you get married?
Honestly I don't even want to guess. When I was younger I always said 'I want to get married in my early 20s' but now I'm here in my mid twenties and I am no where near getting married... and I really don't care. As long as I find the right person, I'm happy, we're happy, I'll be fine. Whatever age that may be. I don't want to settle and get married to 'anyone' just because I want to be married. I want it to feel right.

5. Do you know a hoarder?
Me! I know myself. I get too attached to something and it takes me a long time to convince myself that it needs to go.

6. Can you do the splits?
I can't but I am trying to get there! I go to yoga and stretch every day to try and increase flexibility. Hopefully one day I'll get the splits down!

7. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike?
I think I was around 4 or 5 years old.

8. How many Oceans have you swam in?
Oh gosh, Oceans? Well there are only 5 Oceans in the world and I've only swam in the Atlantic. Hopefully someday I'll add some more to my list.

9. How many countries have you visited?
Ireland, Majorca, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Greece. Not enough!

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?
Nope not now! My Grandad on my Mum's side was in the Army, my Grandad on my Dad's side was in the RAF and my Great Uncle was in the Navy.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
I would probably name her after a musician I love. I am obsessed with Stevie Nicks, so maybe Stevie. I also adore Irish names like Caiomhe, Niamh and Caoilfhoinn.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?
Again it would probably be inspired by a musician I love. Maybe Axl or Jagger. I dunno, got to get the father to agree! Who ever that may be.

13. What's the worst grade you've got in a test?
Probably my IT GCSE. I got a U. Bloody ungraded. I did so badly they couldn't even grade me. Still, I ended up absolutely loving computers and even working on an IT help desk. Life is weird.

14. What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
Pingu, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Kenan & Kel, Rugrats, Taina, Pokemon, Ren & Stimpy... I could go on forever.

15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?
Omg 8? Probably a Disney character. I only Esmeralda, Tiger Lily & Pocahontas dresses, so I'm guessing one of those.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
I've read all of Harry Potter. Haven't read the others!

17. Would you rather have an American or a British accent?
British. Wouldn't change it.

18. Did your Mother go to University?
No she didn't.

19. Are your grandparents still married?
Yes! My Dad's parents have been married for 61 years and my Mum's parents have been together for around 40-ish.

20. Have you ever taken Kerate lessons?

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?
Um yes. Who doesn't know Kermie?

22. What was the first amusement park you went to?
It was either Gulliver's Land or Wicksteed Park! I loved their Pirate Ships!

23. What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in?
I would really like to be fluent in Spanish. I know bits and pieces, I actually studied it for around 5 years! But I was young, didn't care much about learning.

24. Do you spell the colour as grey or gray?

25. Is your father bald?
Nooo he isn't. He shaves it really short all over, so it's still there, just small & spiky.

26. Do you know any triplets?

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
The Notebook! I can watch it time and time again, never gets old.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?
I frickin LOVE Indian food omg.

29. What's the name of your favourite restaurant?
It's called Galloway's. It is a small restaurant in Woburn. If you click on the link over there < I've put the menu in. Oh my gosh it's heavenly. Sadly it's changing ownership soon :( hopefully it doesn't change too much.

30. Have you ever been to Nandos?
Half chicken, Peri-Tamer or Medium depending on my mood, with peri-peri fries, coleslaw, half an avocado and some mayo. I mean... Yes. I've been a few times!

31. Do you belong to and warehouse stores? (Costco, Bookers etc)
Costco, yes.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
They've never told me! I do know the 'back-ups' for my name though. My Mum wanted to call me Fleur or Sky.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?
I don't really have one! Throughout my last years of school, my nickname was 'buddy'

34. Who is your favourite person in the world?
My whole family. Sozzzz can't pick just one.

35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?
City. More specifically, London. Love it. Love it. My home.

36. Can you whistle?

Sure can.

37. Do you sleep with a night light?
No way! I need my room to be really dark. I can't sleep with any lights going on.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
No. I need to get better at that.

39. What medical conditions do you have?

40. How many times have you been to hospital?
Around 10 times.

41. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
Yes and I absolutely love it!

42. Where do you buy your jeans?
New Look or H&M

43. What was the last compliment you got?
That my lips are "to die for"

44. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Yeah I remember my dreams regularly. They're always so weird.

45. What flavour tea do you enjoy?
Green, Chamomile, Twinings Strawberry & Mango, Twinings Blackcurrant & Blueberry.

46. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
Around 15. I need to up my shoe game.

47. What religion will you raise your children to practice?
I'm not religious so I won't raise them with any religion in mind, however if they decide to follow a religion, then fair play.

48. How old were you when you found out Santa wasn't real?
He isn't?

49. Why do you have a blog?
I enjoy having a little space that is all my own. Somewhere I can share my thoughts and meet like-minded people! :)

50. Name 5 of your favourite albums ever
(question 50 was missing, so I've added my own)

1. I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - The 1975
2. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
3. Because The Internet - Childish Gambino
4. Goddess - Banks
5. Appetite For Destruction - Guns n Roses

Sooooo there we are! I really love doing tags like this, I can't wait to read any replies. I tag anyone reading this. If you fancy answering the questions for yourself, please leave a comment below with your link so that I can have a read.

I'll tag people on Twitter too.

Til next time,

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Weight Loss Diary - Week 1

Hiya! I hope you're alright.

I've been running over the idea of starting this blog series for a while now, and I've decided, I'm just going for it! This is going to be an open, honest, detailed account of my weight loss journey. Yikes. I will be uploading a new post every Friday and I'll explain why in a lil bit.

DISCLAIMER: Let me just state, this is my journey. I am doing this for me and my confidence. I do not think that any size is 'ugly' or unacceptable. Not at all. If you're small, skinny, slender, gr8 hun you work it. If you're big, curvy, chubby, gr8 hun you work it.
I am doing this for my health and my well being. Not to shame anyone else.

I'm sat here writing this right now, hiding indoors from the 29 degree heat! Can you believe it. Hiding away from gorgeous pub gardens. Hiding away from picnics and road trips. 
I am 'hiding' because Summer and heat has become unbearable for me. For a long time I have struggled with my weight but it has become something I simply cannot live with anymore! I've gained a lot of weight over the past few years and enough is enough. Time for change.
I can't wear short sleeves, I can't show my legs, my arms, my tummy, anything. I remain covered up because I wouldn't be able to leave the house knowing that any unsightly parts are on show.
I don't want to look in the mirror and hate everything I see anymore. I don't want to get frustrated every time I go clothes shopping because nothing fits me nicely. I want to dress how I want to dress, and I want to show some damn skin!

So I'm specifying my goal, online, openly to who ever decides to read this:

Next Summer, I want to go out in either shorts or a playsuit and I want to feel HAPPY doing it. I want to start dressing to reflect my 'personal style' instead of tactically choosing clothes because they cover certain areas. I want to turn my blog into a beauty/lifestyle AND fashion blog. I want to upload OOTDs and talk about clothes I've bought.
Most importantly, I just want to be comfortable 'living my life'. I don't want to be worrying that people are staring at me because I'm 'so ugly'.

So there ya go. My first weight loss diary! *deep sigh of relief*

Start weight: 15 stone (Rounded up slightly) UK size 18
Current weight: 15 stone
Amount lost: 0
Goal UK dress size: 10-12

I will be posting updates every Friday because I get weighed every Friday! I am doing a mixture of Slimming World and Slim Fast. I'll explain more next time.

See you next Friday!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Makeup Revolution "Chocolate & Peaches" Palette

Hiya! I hope you're okay!

I wanted to chat a lil bit about this gorgeous piece of art. The "Chocolate & Peaches" palette by Makeup Revolution.

Would you just *look* at that. LOOK AT IT. I am such a sucker for peachy/orangey/neutral toned eye shadows soo this feels like it was made for me. This was designed by Makeup Revolution and it was clearly inspired by the Too Faced "Sweet Peach" palette.
I know some people can be slightly against 'dupes' because they feel like one company has 'copied' from another, but I think dupes are incredible and so important for the industry. They're inclusive. When I'm checking out dupes I always think about makeup lovers who don't have enough money to be forking out a hot £39 for one eye shadow palette. Dupes like this allow people to experience makeup, no matter their wealth.

The "Chocolate & Peaches" palette costs just £7.99. SEVEN NINETY NINE. Mind blown.
I've done a lil swatchy swatch on ma arms for you right here:

This palette is absolutely stunning. The shades, the shades hunny! They're so pigmented. Every single shadow is top quality. Sometimes in palettes a few shades can be a bit off. They wont have the same pigmentation as the others etc. The quality of these shadows is consistant the whole way through. Makeup Revolution have never done wrong by me. I am such a fan and this palette just reminded me why.

If you're finding finances quite tight at the moment but you still want to play around with makeup, get your hands on the "Chocolate & Peaches" palette and serve some  L O O K S. Tag me in them too obvs :)


Til next time.