Sunday, 7 February 2016

Beauty | Bobbi Brown - Mini Make-up set

I was given this beautiful mini make up brush set for Christmas and decided to keep the brushes clean and gorgeous for as long as possible! Today I finally cracked and gave into the temptation and used these little beauties. 

As I haven't had much experience of using them I won't be giving a review, rather just my first impressions. In this set you get Face Blender, Cream Shadow, Eye Shadow and Ultra Fine Liner Brushes, along with a beautiful metallic silver travel case to store them in.

Today I used the face blender brush (far right) and the the eye shadow brush. I used the face blender to help blend in my setting powder and also to blend out my contour for a flawless look. Although I usually prefer a larger powder brush to blend my face I found this little treasure to be really easy to use, especially for my contour. The eyeshadow brush was much like any other decent brush, it allowed me to blend well into my crease and create a soft edge to my eye make up. What more could I want?

All in all I was so grateful for this gift and was really impressed with how aestheticly pleasing it is. I will definitely be using it as my go to travel essential kit and it's also perfect for just popping in my everyday bag. 

J x


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Fashion | New Kicks

New year means a little wardrobe revamp and I thought I would start off with my casual footwear. Rather than stocking up on winter boots I wanted to invest in decent trainers for those days when I just can't face a heel (a.k.a most days). These were my two favourites I got recently.

Catch yous later x

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Lifestyle | Homeware Wishlist

As I am once again looking at new apartments it comes with the excitement of new rooms to decorate so I thought I would share a few of my favourite pieces. All are available now and links are below each photo. 

Catch yous later x


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Lifestyle | Five Things: I'm Watching

Cinema Picks

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - SciFi
So I seen this just after christmas and I was hooked. Having a female lead as the new Jedi was a genius move and I fell in love with Daisy Ridley as Rey. BB8 fulfils the feel good factor which his cute little noises and of course I shed a few tears along the way. If you haven't taken time out to see this yet I fully recommend it, a great action film to start of the new year. Side note: if you aren't a Star Wars fan or simply haven't watched it, you don't need to have seen the previous 6 to understand the story.

Daddy's Home - Comedy
Staring Will Ferell and Mark Whalberg, this laugh out loud, cringe based comedy is my top 'feel good' movie for the start of 2016. Although not one of the best Will Ferell films I have seen, my personal favourites being Elf and Step Brothers, the on screen chemistry between him and Wahlberg makes this film what it is. As they compete for the attention of Whalbergs biological children they get up to a lot of mischief and a whole heap of laughs. Fantastic film.

Television Faves

Celebrity Big Brother

I am a sucker for any type of reality television even if you do think its trashy it keeps me entertained. I have been glued to this series of celebrity big brother more so than any other year. I think this is due to the younger celebrities keeping it argumentative and drama filled. The big love triangle between Stephanie Davis (Hollyoaks actor), Jeremy McConnel (Model) and Sam Reece (also a model) has kept me gripped. (Seriously who cheats on their boyfriend on national tele?) If you don't like a lot of drama or swearing then this is not for you.


I came across this gritty British drama on Netflix a couple of nights ago and I very quickly got emotionally invested in the storyline. Each episode is based around a different character/plot but all episodes link into each other. It can be really heavy in parts and very dark and emotional, just my cup of tea.

Ex on the Beach

Series 4 hits MTV tonight and I can not wait! I have recently re-watched the first three seasons and much like Big Brother the drama has me hooked. Really looking forward to seeing new faces and some old ones.

Let me know what your watching or any suggestions for new films or TV series please, I'm always on the look out.

Catch yous later x


Saturday, 16 January 2016

Lifestyle | 2016: Always

The first couple of weeks of of 2016 have passed by me in a haze. My Year 2 winter exams are now over (Yay!) and I feel like I can finally celebrate the new year. Before I focus on the rest of 2016 I want to acknowledge the losses that have already hit the public hard this year. Both David Bowie and Alan Rickman passed away from cancer, aged 69, within days of each other and I wanted to touch on the impact that it has left on me personally. 

I am by no means a music geek but you would have to live under a rock not to know who Bowie is or to understand his input into the music industry. Bowie taught people that it was ok to be different, in fact more than that, that people should embrace their uniqueness with every fibre of their being. As Arsene Wenger said he taught a generation to be strong enough to be yourself. I think this is the best lesson you can teach anyone.

As for Alan Rickman. When I heard that he had died I cried and I cried....and then I cried some more. Growing up I was always introverted, shy and quiet, and not always the most liked person. I have never had a great deal of friends nor ever been overly sociable. I found a lot of solice and comfort in literature and Harry Potter became my 'happy place'. I would preorder the books and read them in a day and the character I always related to was Severous Snape. I always thought of him as misunderstood, an outcast with a mean streak and a heart broken by loving too hard. (This was my opinion from book one, not just after his final page).

      If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work. - Alan Rickman
When the movies were being released I was sure they were never going to live up to the books, and in many ways they didn't. Snape, however, surpassed my expectations. I saw my favourite character come to life in the form of Alan and it was nothing short of real magic. The dedication Alan gave to Snapes' character shone through all seven magical films. From his first scene where Harrys scar started to tingle and then the very first potions class to the last scene where he told Harry he had his mothers eyes. His last thoughts were of the woman he loved, his life given to protect others. 

I know Serverus Snape is a character but Alan Rickman took that character and ran with him. J.K Rowling told Alan there was more to Snape than met the eye before the last books had even been released and so he made sure this was respected through all eight films. If a director asked him to do something he didn't think fitted Snapes' character he would tell the "no, you don't know how it ends". Alan Rickman brought my hero to life and in turn became someone I will idolise for the rest of my own. 


As I start to plan the rest of my year and look forward to new adventures I will carry these loses with me in the form of gains. I have gained a new sense of direction with my work. I have gained a new perspective on life. Most importantly I have gained a new appreciation for my idols. I will appreciate the people who have shaped me and who I hold dear to me throughout 2016 and hopefully I won't lose it again. 

I hope everyone has had an amazing start to their year. Please share with me who your idols are or your thoughts on the loses of 2016.

Catch yous later x

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