Winter Favourites | Beauty Haul









Hello everyone -

Today's post is all about my winter beauty favourites. They are a collection of some new bits that I have recently bought with some old classics I love to use all year round, but generally just beauty products I feel are must haves for this time of year. Enjoy - 


I have never in my life used a lip pencil. However, I have learnt through other beauty bloggers that when it comes to lip perfection it really is needed to create fuller lips. I chose a nude colour as I recently bought a nude lipstick (see below) I think this nude colour is really on trend right now and so I thought I'd try experimenting with different lip shades.

This product isn't just a winter favourite for me, it's an all year favourite. This has got to be one of the best concealers on the market at the moment. People love it because it has great coverage on blemishes as well as being a great tool for strobing.

A little tip I've picked up from watching online bloggers is lining the water line with a white eyeliner to make the eyes look wider. I am yet to try this look out but we shall see!

As I said earlier, I have recently been trying out a nude matte lip colour. Accompanied with the lip pencil this lipstick creates a perfect natural lip colour that I can't wait to wear!


This product is something I repeatedly buy all year round because it's simply great. It is defiantly one of the best mascaras I have used in years. The brush shapes well to the lashes and the pigmentation of the product gives an amazing wide eye effect.


This is a new product I was recently given as a gift. I have wanted this product for ages as friends and bloggers have raved about it's the amazing dewy effect. I've has it for a few weeks now and I love it!



According to Alice | Autumn Make Up Look 2015



Hello to everyone!

So today's post is all about Autumnal Make Up. I like to mix my everyday make up look every season to make sure I'm doing something different and experimenting with new products and techniques. So this is my current everyday make up look. I wear this on a day to day basis, however, sometimes if I'm running late for work or can't be bothered I'll skip eyeliner or the contouring! The look is quite heavy for a day-to-day look, but it can be lightened up by using no liquid eyeliner on top and less bronze. Here's a list of all the products I used in this video.

1) Foundation is the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in colour Ivory which is 7.99 at Boots. The foundation was applied using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which can be bought at Boots for 9.99

2) Next, I use the Soap and Glory 'It's about Prime' primer to create a base for my shadows. The primer is 4.00 at Boots

3) Next, I brush my eyebrows through with the Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara by Maybelline. This takes a few minutes to dry, so I move on to my eye shadow at this point. The brow mascara is 4.99 at Boots.

4) Moving on to my eyeshadow, I use 'The Nudes' palette by Maybelline which is 9.99. I use a gold shimmer for the base of the lid, this gives the look a really autumnal feel to it. I use a white based shimmer to highlight my brow bone and a dark brown shimmer to contour the lid line. I then use the same brown shade to shadow my bottom lash line and the gold in my tear duct area.

5) I then use the same palette to fill my brows out. By this time, the mascara has dried in my brows. I use a matte brown colour and use a tilted EcoTools brush to apply the brow colour.

6) I then line the top my my eyes with the Soap and Glory liquid eyeliner which I cannot find online! But it is one of the best liquid liners I've used. I take some time to make sure that the liner is equal on each eye.

7) I then use the same liner to add some definition to the bottom lash line. I do this really delicately as I don't want a harsh liner look on the bottom.

8) I then curl my lashes with a eyelash curler I bought from Primark for about 2.99

9) I use the Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara in black which is about 19.50 from boots. It is THE BEST mascara I've ever used. One of my top recommendations! Unlike a lot of mascaras, this one is able to coat the bottom lashes and the top because of the spikes on the brush at the top. This also means you can easily flick the lashes to the side of the eyes to create a cat-eye look.

10)  After my eyes, I move on to contouring my face. I use the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat highlighter and place it under my eyes, along the bridge of my nose, the sides of my mouth and my forehead (the places light falls naturally) I then contour the rest of my face with a bronzing powder and use a pad to blend the contouring in.

11) Finishing off my face, I use a Lancome blush and a Revolution highlighter on my cheeks.

12) To finish off, I pop some Baby Lips Dr Rescue Balm in a peach shade on my lips.

And the Taaaadaaaa!
I hope you enjoyed my video. Don't forget to comment and follow the blog for more fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts!

Alice x


Homeware Haul | Autumn Bedroom Accessories











Hello everyone, recently I've been buying lots of bits and bobs for my bedroom. I've had a massive clear out and wanted to make my room look more minimal. So the bits and bobs I've bought are really simple, but cute and decorative at the same time. I love having my bedroom clean, tidy and organised and am really happy with it now. So here's some of the bits I'm loving at the moment! 

Large Vase & Pink and White Peonies: from TK Maxx
'I love you' sign: from charity shop
Fashion print and frame: from Ikea 
'I solemnly swear I'm up to no good' card: from Paperchase 
Alexander McQueen Card: from the V&A Museum 
'Born to Shop' block: from an unknown boutique 
Alexander McQueen Shull Card: from the V&A Museum 
White Frame: from Poundland 
'Love Potion' bottle: from Charity Shop 
Harry Potter Wooden Box: from Cambridge Boutique 





Acrylic Nails | Process & Review










Hello everyone!

So recently I've had time off acrylic nails and have chosen to go for normal manicures and pedicures to improve the strength of my nails. However, recently I decided to go back to a long nail with acrylic. I love having long nails, and acrylic nails is a nice, easy and fast way to get long nails in an hour.

Of course, there are some down sides to having acrylic nails. For example, when they eventually are taken off (whenever you choose to do this) your natural nails feel very weak. However, I have found that a week or two of a strengthening nail polish can recover this feeling really quickly.

As well as this, the nails need to be re-done every 2-3 weeks. Because the nail is covered with acrylic, as your natural nails grow underneath, you get a gap at the bottom of the acrylic nail. When this happens you can have something called 'in fills' which includes the nail technicians filling the gap that has been created from natural growth of the nail.

However, saying this, I still go back to this style every time. I think that if the nails are done well and with a good colour polish nothing can beat them. They look great and it means you don't have to do it yourself! (I love that part)

So I thought for those who do not know about the process of acrylic nails or who are looking to have them done, I would talk you through the process so you know what to expect. The images above show some of the process, however, I couldn't capture every moment.

1) The technicians start by filing your natural nails, pushing your cuticles back and cleaning the area up

2) They then attach the plastic extensions to the tip of the nail using a nail glue (they're very long at this point!)

3) Next, they ask you what shape you want. I chose square nails to begin with but changed my mind half way through to round as I wanted a more natural nail. They then cut the plastic down and shape.

4) Next, they use a brush to combine acrylic powder and some sort of liquid (no idea what it is) which creates a gel like substance. This is then brushed on top of the entire nail.

5) Once this has dried they continue to shape and buff the nail until it is ready for polish

6) I chose a neutral OPI polish with a brown/ cream tone as I like to keep my nail colours nude. A few coats of polish and top coat and you're all done!

The process normal takes about and hour to be completed. I had this set done in Cambridge at Kimono if any of you are local. I would really recommend the salon.

Please let me know if any of you have acrylic nails and what you think!
Thanks for reading guys!

Alice x

August & September Haul | Beauty













We have officially made the transfer from Summer to Autumn (at least here in the UK we have.) And a seasonal change is as good an excuse as any to re-vamp the old beauty collection! I've been out and bought some new skin products and make up bits which I actually did need. So here's a little haul of the bits and bobs I've collected over the past month. Enjoy! 

Clarins Paris Toning Lotion and Cleansing Milk  http://bit.ly/1UrBYra 
I bought these two Clarins products recently as I had ran out of my normal cleansing/ toning products. I decided to make a change to my face products and I have heard that the Clarins cleansing milk and toning lotion was really good at keeping skin clear. And so I bought this set as a tester. So far, I am enjoying the products. I love love love the smell and feel of the products, however, I had have a break out on my skin since using them. However, I've been told this is from a change in beauty products. 

Lola Skin Active Day Cream  http://bit.ly/1JBuuPf
Again, this purchase was a random one as I have never used any Lola products before. However, this moisturiser caught my eye and at the time I really needed one. The cream is quite thick, however, the product really moisturising and that's exactly what I needed. 

Benefit Real Sexy Steal http://bit.ly/1EBlHhu 
This little set from Benefit was actually a gift. However, I have used each of these products before and love them. The mascara and the eyeliner is amazing, plus this set is travel size, so perfect for popping in my bag for top ups. 

Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter http://bit.ly/1KHUUB8
I've started practicing contouring, and so decided to buy a new highlighter. I wanted one I could use to highlight my cheeks, forehead, and chin to create definition. This one it just perfect as it's very highly pigmented so you only need a little to create the intended look. 


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen http://bit.ly/1iZDYGm
For the contouring practice, I wanted to get a concealing highlighter. I've used the Touche Eclat before and loved it, however, it's an expensive product. With that aside, it is an amazing highlighting concealer and lasts ages. 

Rimmel London Wonderful Mascara http://bit.ly/1JNq4Sn
I also ran out of mascara recently and so I bought the new Wonderful Mascara by Rimmel London. The mascara is really great for creating full lashes, however, I only use it for my top lashes as the brush doesn't accommodate well for the small lashes on the bottom. 




YOU'D THINK WE'VE NEVER SEEN A NAKED WOMAN BEFORE



Kim Kardashian. Heard of her? Yeah I thought you might have.

In my opinion, Kim is the living version of marmite. You either love her or you hate her. And it's for the same reasons. People either hate her because of her controversy, or love her because of it. She never stops supplying us with something to talk about. And god knows she's keeping trashy weekly gossip magazines afloat with sales. 

 After that infamous Paper magazine spread where she left very little to the imagination, the public thought they'd seen everything that there was to see of Mrs Kardashian West. But no, how very wrong they were. 

Here she is, in the latest issue of Love magazine. Butt naked. And (prepare for a controversial opinion) I love it. I can't help but admire her confidence, her carelessness and her fucking great body. 

We've all seen what a naked woman looks like. There's boobs, bum and vagina. But with all the controversy created through this magazine spread, you would think the world had never seen a naked woman before. I have to raise the question: If this were a man- would it be as shocking? The answer is no. The simple fact that she is one of the most famous people to walk the planet after Elizabeth Taylor has to be a factor which has lead to the mass amount of tweets, articles and memes being made since the release of the issue. 

Don't get me wrong, I see where the shock factor is coming from. After all, it's not everyday we see someone this famous wearing nothing but a fur coat and black stilettos. But at the end of the day, no matter how famous she is, she's still a woman, and she's got the same bits as half of the world. And if she chooses to get it all out for Love magazine, good on her. 

It might be a very unpopular opinion, but I can't help but look at the shoot through my clouded artistic eyes and simply see a tasteful fashion shoot starring a confident, curvy and proud woman. 

And for the people who find the shoot offence, distasteful, or anything along these lines, I can offer you a simple solution: don't buy the magazine.






Images taken from LOVE magazine. 

GOOD ENVIRONMENT: GOOD MOOD

Moving from room to room for three years at University, I've found myself having to make a cold and damp student room my own over and over again. A bedroom is not my bedroom without images of photo-shoots taken from the latest issues of Vogue stuck on the wall. There's something about them that makes me feel comfortable and together. Other things that make me feel comfortable and together (by the way): well shaped brows, moisturised skin and perfectly painted nails.

My bedroom is where my days start and end. And sometimes, on days off, where I hibernate and hide from the messy outside world. And so I live off being surrounded by a good environment. Don't get me wrong, I can be the biggest slob, like any girl (although a lot of them don't like to admit it.) I, on the other hand, can admit it and when University work and work work and just life gets too busy, my room can become a bomb site of clothes, make up, old face wipes and loose essays.

However, I never feel better than I do when my room is tidy, all my things are in the correct places and I've got fresh bed sheets on. And that is exactly where I find myself on this very cold Saturday evening. I'm looking around my spotless bedroom, with my clothes lined up perfectly, and my fresh linen candles burning. I can't help but think: yay to me and my bedroom.

I wonder if any of you feel the same way, or if I'm just a short crazy 20 year old who's been single for a little too long. Having conferred with friends, it seems I am not alone. (Unless they're as mad and as single as I am.)

To me, good environment= good mood.

So for you ladies who have read this and relate to me, I've put together some great bedroom pieces that will make you feel good about your environment, and hopefully, good about everything else. All these pieces have been taken from John Lewis because, hey, they're home stuff is the shit.




Although white bed sheets are classic and gorgeous, they don't fit well with my University 'eat dinner and paint my nails in bed' lifestyle. And so when it comes to covering up stain which just won't budge, a throw is the perfect way to do this. And why not go with faux fur for a little luxury in your surroundings. 

These beautiful black and white fashion images are just beautiful and add class and sophistication to any bedroom.

This shabby-chic draw chest is very much in in the interior world. In fact, anything shabby chic is. This beautiful set is adorable and has a lot of storage space for all that make up and products we own. 

Throw cushions are a must. And I think it's important to add colour through the cushions. This yellow is normally not my style but it would brighten up a room.

Old fashion clocks, oh you're beautiful. I don't own one, but I think after writing this blog post I will have to invest in one. If you're going to check the time, make sure it's using this old school clock.

Fresh flowers are beautiful. But let's be honest, we don't always have time for that shit. And this beautiful single rose is classic and looks very much like we have time to buy and upkeep fresh flowers.

I have lost too much nice jewellery through being scatty and disorganised, and so it is very important to make sure you're keeping it all together. This gorgeous jewellery box brings together everything I love; organisation and monochrome.

Nothing makes you feel calm and ready for life than a gorgeous smelling room. Diffusers are the perfect way to keep a room feeling fresh and inviting. 

Bin's are not the most attractive thing. But we all need them. And if you're going to have one, have a nice one. 

I am obsessed with candles. They're could not be enough of them in my room, and I look forward to my evenings watching sex and the city with the gorgeous smell of burning candles around me. And when it comes to candles, treat yourself to the Queen of the candles. Jo Malone herself. 


There are so many beautiful lamps around, but I just love the silver chrome on this one. And if there is anything I've learnt about relaxing; it's that soft lighting is a must. 



All images taken from John Lewis' website

What the Women stole from the Men.

So, it's defiantly not a new trend per-say, but it is a repeating trend. Women in Menswear has been a trend which has been repeating for years now, and it hasn't stopped. Why? Because it's an awesome trend. It means we can rock casual chic with a new hipster spin, and be comfortable at the same time. Win win situation. I've put together some of the best bits for women which have been inspired by the men's fashion industry. 







1   Let's start off simple. A black bomber jacket. The bomber jacket is stereotypically a male piece of outerwear, but to be honest, we wear it better. This jacket is so versatile and can be styled in to many different ways. Ultimate MA1 Bomber Jacket at £55.00 from Topshop. 

2   Again, another classic way to channel this trend is through some casual trainers. Vans are so cute on women and really bring a casual edge to any outfit.  Vans Authentic Lo Pro Shoes at £47.00 from Vans. 

3   Sportswear has been in for months now, as everyday wear. Bring in this element with this mesh top by Adidas. **Sports Mesh Boxy Tee by Adidas StellaSport at £32.00 from Topshop.

4   Again, a major fashion statement from the past year is the female backpack. It's a very cute accessory and is crazy convenient. Remember to keep that girly edge with some gorgeous black leather and gold detail.  PU Backpack at £34.00 from Topshop.

5   And oversized blazer is a very chic look which I am loving at the moment. A more dressy element developed from menswear, but with great potential.  Jaeger soft tailoring Jacket at £225 from Jaeger £225.

6   Beanie hats are amazing. And this classic Carhartt one is a must have for any man's (AND WOMEN'S) wardrobe. Keeps you warm as well as looking very cute. Carhartt hat at £20.00 from Urban Outfitters.

7   The jumpsuit started from men's work overalls, now us women wear them out for cocktails. A classic black jumpsuit is a must have for any evening event. A first date or just a night out with the girls. V-Neck Jumpsuit at £24.99 from H&M.

8    Men may wear them to work everyday, but we wear them with style. The classic white shirt has been developed for years now, but still stays strong.  Cotton Shirt at £12.99 from H&M. 

9   Keep it hillbilly chic with a classic checked shirt. A plaid shirt is so versatile and can be used in so many different outfits.  Checked shirt at £12.99 from H&M.

10   They may be called the 'Mom' jeans but any baggy, high waisted worn looking jeans will re-create this look. MOTO Vintage Mom Jeans at £40.00 from Topshop.

11   Gold watches. Another thing we stole from the men. However, a classic gold watch creates such a  glamorous feel to an outfit. Casio Watch at £50.00 from Urban Outfitters.


Thank you for reading

♥ 



All images taken from product site. 


My face routine: January Edition

Hello everyone!

My last post was all about the products I use on a daily basis in my hair. I decided to do the same with my daily facial routine.

I have been maintaining a skin routine since I was a young teenager as my Mum always taught me to look after my skin! So I am always anal about the way I look after my skin, and I like to take some time to make sure I am cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin well and with good products. I tend to try different products every now and again depending on what people have suggested. At the moment, this is my daily skin routine.



These are all the products I use. I do this routine every morning when I wake up and in the evening when I go to bed. As you can see, they are not all made by the same company. Although I think having face products which are all from the same company can work well, I like to use different products as I think they're all better at doing different things. 



I start by cleansing my face, which means cleaning it from all dirt. For this I use Botanics by Boots cleanser called the Botanics Ultra Calm Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution at only £3.29. Botanics has a range of great products at great prices, however, this cleanser is my favourite. It is a very light and fresh product and just makes my skin feel so clean. To cleanse the face I use just some simple cotton pads. 



The next step is to tone my face. For this I use an amazing product by the Body Shop. The Tea Tree Facial Toner at £5.00 at the Body Shop contains an ingredient which works like magic on my skin. For me, tea tree has always kept my skin clear and blemish free, so I always stray to products which contain this. Again, I apply this toner all over my face, focusing on my problem areas such as my chin, nose area and forehead. 



Next, I apply some more tea tree (told you I loved it!) This is also a Body Shop product called Tea Tree Lotion at only £3.00 is a light lotion which I like to use on my face to keep my skin clear. 



Finally, I moisturise my face using this light weight beauty balm by Champneys. The Illuminating Beauty Balm is £13.00. It moisturises the skin beautifully, with a lovely scent and a light and airy feel. 



If you use any of these products or want some more information please comment away!
Thank you 




All images sources by the Blogger





My daily hair routine by VO5

Now, I am a strong believer in hair products. Even if it's just a heat protector, it's going to do the world of good. As well as that, my hair is pretty pathetic on it's own. It needs help to be suitable for human eyes. I also believe that when using hair styling products, it's good to use the same brand throughout. I feel like they're all working together to make the same thing happen. Which is literally making my hair look less shit.

At the moment I am using a collection of VO5 products. First of all, the VO5 products smell amazing and I can never say no to a good smelling product.



First up is this amazing hairspray. Now being a student, I've been through my bad share of hairsprays (including a pound land one) But then I discovered this 'ultimate hold' by VO5. It works like a charm and it's only £3.29 from Boots. 



I like to use the 'plump it up' products a lot because my hair is as flat as a pancake. I find that this product gives me a bit of 'ommmfff' to my hair compared to when I just dry it separately. It's a lightweight mousse that you run through your damp hair and then blow dry in. This product is really great because it doesn't cling to your scalp and make your hair heavy with product, it leaves it loose and bouncy. This one is also a great price at only £4.19 from Boots. 



Now this one is a new buy. To gain volume in my hair I always go for a little backcombing. However, as I've been told (multiple times) it's not good for your hair as it dries it out and splits the ends. A friend recommended a dry backcombing spray to me instead of ripping my hair to pieces. This VO5 Dry Backcombing Spray is a heaven send. I carry it in my handbag as it's a small product which means I can refresh my hair throughout the day. This one is also only £4.19 from Boots. 


I am in two minds about this product. On the one hand, it is slightly magic. You shake the loose powder into the roots of your hair and give it a little 'jjoooojj.' It immediately creates a volume and shoe to your hair. On the other hand, it's one of those products you have to wash out the next day. You can't leave this product in your hair for a few days as it weighs it down and creates grease and oil. However, for short term use it's brilliant. 'Give me texture' is £4.19 at Boots.


You can't go wrong with a heat protecter. If I don't use one I feel like I am carrying out some sort of hair sin. Which I would be. I'm a big hair dryer/ straightners / curlers girl- so I need to protect my hair from heat. As far as I know this one is working well and smells incredible. Get the 'heat protect' by VO5 for £4.19 at Boots.



So that's my hair routine products. Let me know what you think of them (if you have any of them) or if you have any great products you use. I'm always excited to try new ones. Especially for thin hair. Please. 


Lots of love as normal

♥