2018’s brand to look out for

Let’s talk about all the love I have for Too Faced

I can’t believe this is my first post of 2018! I’ve had a pretty stressful few days, so I’ve been a little bit absent from social media. However, my blogging head is firmly back on and I’m ready to get cracking! So my first post of the year is all about my love for Too Faced. I’ve talked about this brand before (click here to read!), however in 2018 I reckon this beauty brand is going to be HUGE! Read on to find out why…



Worth the hype?

So Better Than Sex has my been favourite mascara since I discovered it, nearly two years ago. I’ve hopped between brands for blogging purposes, but I’ve struggled to find another mascara that offers this amount of length and curl to lashes. From discovering this mascara, it opened my eyes to the rest of brands amazing products.

Next, I tried the Born This Way foundation. And this was my favourite foundation till I discovered my current fave by Nars. I loved everything about Born This Way, apart from the shades it had to offer (the Debenhams offerings are pretty limited!). However, after a trip to the Too Faced store on Carnaby Street in London, I realised there were so many more shades available, than just the 6 you can buy in Debenhams. So I reckon during my next trip to the capital, I’ll definitely have to get my mitts on a better-matched shade!

I’m loving some of the Too Faced lip products too. But you’ll have to wait for my Lip Picks post to find out which lip products I’m lusting over right now.

All the Too Faced products come in really pretty packaging with detailed instructions, are vegan and cruelty free, and not to mention some products are even scented! Chocolate flavoured eye-shadow? Yes, please!

Boudoir Eyes

This is my first palette I’ve purchased by Too Faced and I’m literally amazed by it. All shades are super pigmented and come with instructions so you know what looks work well together. The palette contains three different looks and states these eye looks will take 3 minutes to create. However, I’ve been creating the ‘jour’ look for work each morning and it’s definitely taking me under a minute!

The looks are described from ‘softly nude’ to ‘subtly seductive’. Which in other terms, are day and night looks. If really recommend you go purchase this palette, ’cause it completely knocks the Urban Decay Naked palettes out of the water. I just really love the looks you can create, as it’s completely upped my make-up game!


My Too Faced Wishlist

Too Faced – ‘Natural Eyes’ shadow palette.

A similar palette to the Boudoir Eye, but with more nude and brown shades.


Too Faced – ‘Chocolate Bar’ eyeshadow palette

A larger palette of matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, nude pinks, and plums. This palette comes highly recommended by my friend Chantelle…Click here to read her brand spanking new blog!


Too Faced – ‘Chocolate Soleil’ bronzer

I really want to try this award-winning bronzer and branch out of my usual Hola, by Benefit. And not to mention it’s packaged like a chocolate coin!


Have you tried any Too Faced products before? Which products do you love? Please let me know in the comments!


My 2018 new year’s resolutions

My 2018 Goals

This time last year I wrote a post about my reflections and gratitude, you can read it by clicking here! But this year I’ve decided to still stay on the new year’s theme, but share my new year’s resolutions instead. Read on to find out my 2018 new year’s resolutions.


Smash my career

With myself just starting out in my career, this one’s quite a biggy! I’m really enjoying getting stuck into the world of digital marketing. So I plan to really smash this goal throughout 2018.

Remain motivated in the gym

I’m really enjoying my gym routine at the minute and I’ve learnt quite a lot about fitness this year. So I just really want to keep this motivation up. I’m quite happy with my body shape at the minute, so 2018 is going to be the year of maintaining.

Look after my skin better

I’ve been gifted some skin care products from a well-known brand (a post is coming!). And it’s just made me realise how bad I’m treating my skin! One of my good friends is really into skincare, so I’m hoping I’m going to learn a few tips and tricks next year.

Work with more brands

After blogging for almost three years now, 2017 was finally the year I got the opportunity to work with brands. 2017 brought collabs with Skinny Tan, Xercise4Less, CaseApp, Beefeater, Budva, Dylon, Clive Christian, Cheese Postie, Structure Hair and Neal and Wolf.  If you want to read more about my year in review, you can do so by clicking here!

Start dating

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a date now, I think around 10 months! So I think 2018 is the year I’ll force myself into bumbling and tindering. What can go wrong, eh?

Leave England more

I want to leave the country as many times as I can really. I have zero plans right now. So here’s to being optimistic!


What’s everyone’s 2018 resolutions? Please let me know in the comments!



Illamasqua: my brand first impressions

OMG: The review

I’ve been lusting over this highlighter for what feels like forever. But at £34, I was struggling to part with my hard earned cash! But thanks to good ‘ol Santa, I’ve finally got my mitts on it! Read on to find out my review…


It’s called OMG for a reason.

After I few finger swabs in Debenhams, I already knew how pigmented this highlighter was. So I couldn’t wait to see how the product would apply to my face, and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s unbelievably pigmented and so so pretty. I mention all the time how much I love highlighters in champagne hues. ‘Cause champagne shades can be applied for a subtle shine, but are also really buildable at the same time.

I use Hoola bronzer by Benefit for my contour. And OMG really compliments the bronzer and blends well. I know £34 does seem like a lot of money for one highlighter, but I’ve been assured it literally last years! So if you fall in love with a shade as much as I have, it’s basically an investment, right?


Get the look

I applied the highlighter using a finishing brush, to my cheekbones, tip of my nose, and a little just above my top lip. For extra sparkle, apply to your brow line.


Get the products

If like me, you need to see beauty products in person, you can buy Illamasqua products in store from Debenhams. Or purchase directly from Illasmasqua by clicking here.

I’m not really a fan of using fan brushes to apply highlighter. Shop my favourite setting brush by Real Techniques by clicking here. 


Get the dupe here

Can’t quite bring yourself to spend £34 on a highlighter? Don’t worry, click here to read about my favourite drugstore dupe.

img_6443Have you used any Illamasqua products before? What do you think of the brand? Let me know in the comments!

Can you actually smell memories?*

How amazing is it that smells can bring back special memories. Or that a fragrance can even remind you of people from your past? Well without getting too sciencey, it’s called your olfactory memory. And It happened to me a few weeks ago. I got a wiff of someone’s aftershave, which completely took me back to a place from years ago…It was definitely a strange experience! Why not read on, so you can make the most out of your olfactory memory?



The smells of Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year for most people. Filled with smells of freshly cooked turkey, hot chocolates with cream, and burning wood from the log fire. And lets not forgot about chocolate…Because it’s only mid December and I’ve already eaten all the chocolate. But why not make your Christmas extra special this year and think about your future olfactory memory, with giving a special someone one of the Luxury Fragrance Gift Sets by Clive Christian?

Gone are the days of budget body sprays from my teenage years. With a spray, my olfactory memory brings back the days of the badly matched foundation and that hot boy from the year above.

But in my twenties, I’m now appreciating luxury perfumes. And loving them certain candles, from everyone’s favourite candle brand. So if anyone wants to get me a Christmas present this year, here’s your subtle hint!

The Clive Christian Adent Baubles

Fancy winning a luxury gift in time for Christmas? Yeah me too!

1. Every day, Clive Christian is hiding advent baubles on their website

2. Every day, a clue is posted on Instagram to help the user find it on the website

3. Once the user has found it, the user must take a screenshot and post it on their own account and tag @clivechristianperfume

4. Each day, one person will win the daily prize!



What smells remind you of Christmas? What are your favourite fragrances? Please let me know in the comments!

A ranking of all the Christmas coffees

This is probably going to sound really sad, but my favourite thing about Christmas is the Christmas coffees. Early November each year, I start getting busy practically buying shares in Costa and Starbucks. But now I’ve finally put my ‘hobby’ to good use and ranked each Christmas coffee for taste. Read on to see the full list below.


enlight568My definitive ranking of 2017’s Christmas coffees

10. Cafe Nero Roasted Hazelnut Latte

I’ve put this in the last place just because I don’t think it tastes much different to the standard hazelnut. And not to mention the normal hazelnut comes in sugar-free! Overall, I think this is a waste of Christmas calories.

9. Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte

I’m a big fan of gingerbread syrup, BUT did you know that Costa do sugar-free gingerbread all year round? If you prefer Starbucks coffee over Costa, then I imagine you’d rank this latte a lot higher. But for myself, it’s just a bit meh compared to the other drinks in this list.

8. Costa’s Gingerbread and Cream

This is the Christmas version of my standard order from Costa. However, this version comes with cream and a super cute gingerbread biscuit. Therefore, beats the Starbuck’s version.

7. McDonald’s Toffee Latte

I love anything toffee flavoured. And this tastes super naughty! It might not come from ground beans like the other coffees on this list. But it’s still really good, so it definitely earns a place on my list!

6. Starbuck’s Toffee Nut Latte

This used to be my all-time favourite, but I personally don’t think it tastes as good as previous years. The syrup is a bit bland and adding hazelnuts was a really bad idea. And has anyone ever admitted to liking soggy nuts?

5. McDonald’s Spiced Cookie Latte

My favourite out of the McDonald’s range! It’s sweet, without tasting overly sugary. And a cookie flavoured coffee was a smashing idea Mcdonald’s, kudos!

4. Costa’s Billionaires Latte

Carmel syrup with layers of caramel sauce and crumbled biscuit…amazing! I really love the concept of creating a coffee like a biscuit (see above!). BUT this would rank soooo much higher if my drinks had been consistent! I’ve received a version that I couldn’t  even taste the caramel. And I also received a version that was cold with a ridiculous amount caramel sauce in. Honestly, Costa sort it out, because you’re onto a winner with this one!

3. Cafe Nero Salted Caramel Latte

This is a really nice drink, without being overly Christmassy. You can definitely taste the difference between the standard caramel and the salted caramel. And I do think Cafe Nero serve the best coffee compared to all their competitors. But you shouldn’t have to purchase cream as an extra!

2. Costa’s Honeycomb Latte

My favourite from Costa’s offering! This latte has a really nice flavouring and I think the crunchy honeycomb pieces make a great addition to the drink. The only problem is the fact the honeycomb pieces turn into a slight choking hazard if you don’t order cream. However, they do offer them in a little cup on the side. The only reason this isn’t top is that I don’t think Costa have topped their sticky toffee latte from 2015.

1. Starbuck’s Eggnog Latte

I only tried this for the first time at the weekend, and it is AMAZING. It’s so creamy and naughty. The combination of eggnog and coffee is perfection. But don’t be put off, or see this as a bland choice. Because if you haven’t tried it yet, you honestly don’t know what you’re missing! It’s now become my firm favourite Christmas coffee.


Do you agree with my list? What’s your favourite Christmas coffee? Let me know in the comments!

Smash this party season with my top tip

December is such a strug isn’t it? Not only does it have the usual monthly struggles, like paying rent and just generally surviving. But then you need to find the cash for buying gifts and getting boozey… and still looking hot while you’re doing it!



Jeans and a nice top

Us girls know that a certain UK high street brand is renowned for their black jeans turning grey, after literally 3 washes. And I can’t justify repurchasing buying a new pair every month!

But black skinnies are the definition of a wardrobe staple. And everyone knows that jeans and a nice top is the solution to all awkward office Christmas parties. And not to mention all them festive trips to the pub! So why not give a bit of life back into your favourite skinnies with Dylon fabric dye?

Using the dye couldnt’t be easier!

1. Pop the fabric or clothing into the washing machine, and put the washer on your usual wash setting.

2. Once the wash cycle has finished, add the dye to the barrel. And pop the washer on either a 30 or 40 degrees cycle. And be careful to not get dye on your hands! If you’re clumsy like me, make sure to pop rubber gloves on.

3. Once the cycle has finished, pop the washing machine on again. This is just to get all that excess dye from the fabric!

4. Open the washing machine and TAH DAH…in my case, brand spanking new skinnies!


Have you used fabric dye before? If not, would you try it? Let me know in the comments!


CaseApp giveaway

So I thought I’d just do a quick post to explain my giveaway with CaseApp.co.uk! (Click here to view my first range!) So I’ve created some more designs which I’m absolutely loving. So in collaboration with Case App, I’m giving one lucky person the chance to get their mitts on one!



How to enter

So if you fancy winning the design above. Or even have a go at designing your own custom phone case, click this link!

Go get designing

Don’t you think custom phone cases make the perfect special Christmas present? Or why not TREAT YO SELF with your own custom designed accessory? Use code LIFE20 now to get 20% the entire Case App range!


Terms and Conditions

1. Entrants must have liked the Instagram image, and be following my Instagram account at the time of the draw.

2. An Entrant will be chosen by a random online generator.

3. The Giveaway will close and be announced on 24th December 2017.



Good luck guys! If you have any questions or want some more info on Case App, why not leave a comment below.

My Tips for entering the world of work

I only finished my masters in September, but I’ve learnt so much about the world of work already. Although I’m now tired about 90% of the time, recently having developed an even larger appreciation of Netflix, and take even longer to text my friends back…I like after getting off to a bumpy start, my career is now firmly on track!  Read on to find out my tips for entering the world of work.



The Snooze button is your friend

I can’t physically function till I’ve been awake for a little bit, even if it does take 10 snooze buttons to get me there! But I find eating a cereal bar, and reading the news on my phone really helps to wake me up.

Plan your outfits ahead

This is so crucial. Like I said, I’m super indecisive! Having a clear vision of each day’s outfit really speeds time up getting ready. Plus I’ll make sure I know where each item is. So I’m not panicking and frantically looking through my wardrobe.

Plan a daily make-up routine

And stick to it! 7:30 on a Wednesday morning isn’t the time for recreating that new eye trick, you learnt in last night’s youtube tutorial binge. I save so much time knowing exactly which products I’ll be using each day.

Create to-do lists

I find daily to do lists are super helpful in planning my day. That way I can allocate time for each task. Plus who doesn’t love writing in a pretty notebook?

Balance Your Time

I love completing tasks in one go. I tend to get a little bit stressed knowing I have a pile of half completed tasks to finish. Although now I know in marketing, you can’t always work purely on one project. Especially in a marketing agency. So now I’m trying to adapt my working habits so I can use my time for efficiently.

Know when to say no

Just because you’re the junior in the office, doesn’t mean you can be treated like you’re  nothing! I was speechless at how unprofessional people can be in the office. Luckily thats not the case in my current job. But never let anyone make you feel really small and stupid.

Know your rights

There’s laws in place for a reason. And they’re there to protect both the employer, and the employee! Always ask for a contract, a payslip, and make sure you either take your holidays, or are payed for them. This is coming from experience!

Don’t forget to fit in some ‘me’ time

I’m really lucky I get an hour of personal development time each day. This hour I usually spend either at the gym, or writing and scheduling blog posts. I’m currently on my PD time right now. I find it really helpful, as often when I get home I’m ready to pop my joggas on and watch I’m a celeb with my housemates. But if you don’t get personal development time in your job, make sure to schedule an hour of purely ‘me’ time in each day.



What are your tips for entering the world of work? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

November beauty favourites

There’s been quite a lot of new beauty posts this month, so I thought I’d do a quick round up to finish off the month! And talk about all my faves. I’ll post all links to the full reviews below, to so you can have a good ‘ol catch up.


24251244_10210961342694989_1812429877_oNARS all day luminous foundation.

My favourite purchase of the month has been the NARS all day luminous foundation. The struggle is real when it comes to me getting everything I want from a good foundation. I know I’m a needy person, but honestly is good coverage, shade, and longevity too much? All I want to do is go home from the office with my foundation still in tact, and still on point for my gym selfies.

But this light-weight formula offers an unbelievable level of coverage. Far better than anything I’ve tried before! It manages to stay put all day, and the formula is so far from cakey. And not to mention the huuuuge range of shades available! My previous favourites foundations include All Nighter by Urban Decay, and Too Faced Born This Way. But this foundation is in a different league of foundation all together. Although £35 is on the expensive side for foundation, I can imagine this bottle will last be a while!


Goddess of Love by I love Make-up

I’ve never actually heard of this brand till I stumbled a stall in Meadowhall Superdrug. The stall seemed to have a massive hype around it, and when I finally got my mitts on some testers, I could see why! The eyeshadows, highlighters and bronzers were so incredibly pigmented! And at under a fiver, they make a great addition to your make-up bag! And if champagne isn’t your thing, there’s so many different hues of highlighters available. So even the most highlight fanatic will fall in love with a least one product. And let’s not forget to mention the super cute heart shaped packaging. So instaworthy, am I right?


Power Hungry by Mac

Power hungry is the perfect palette for everyday wear, with it’s super pigmented golden and nude tones. I love the shade names too! My personal favourites are ‘Bossing It’ and ‘Money Mad. You can create looks that are super pretty and subtle without being too over the top. With Power Hungry, it only takes two minutes to finish my eyes…Which means more time in bed! The highlighter is AMAZING too! ‘Gimme That’ is super pigmented, and has had me eyeing up other highlighters from Mac…so watch this space!


Mac Diva II and Rimmel Nude Shock

I was lusting after lush, glossy, fuller lips. So I had a mini Superdrug haul a few weeks ago, and I picked up the Rimmel moisture renew lipstick in NUDESHOCK 100. Which is just shade an amazing glossy pinky nude shade. I have a pet peeve of beigey nudes, but NUDESHOCK has a much more pink hue. By combing the GLAM II as a base, and then applying NUDESHOCK creates the perfect glossy pout. Glam II creates a more defined fuller lip, with no need for lip pencils. And then applying NUDESHOCK leaves a glossy finish, without being too sticky. And this look has officially become my go-to everyday lip.

Read the full reviews here:

Goddess of Love by I love Make-up

Power Hungry by Mac

Mac Diva II and Rimmel Nude Shock

What are your beauty favourites this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

My Ass workout

I have a love/hate relationship in my approach to getting an ass. I spent the best part of a year trying to achieve a Kimmy K style bum…Only to then spend the next six months trying to run it off! (Click here to view the post!) However, at the minute i’m all about lean legs with a medium size ass. You know, just the ‘right sort of ass’, ass? Okay i’m going to stop saying ass, read on to find out my workout.



Before you read on, you should be aware I’m never ever going to pretend to be some sort of fitness expert or fanatic. I purely go to the gym to try and look good in jeans and my underwear .While maintaining my devotion to stuffed crust pizza. And i’m fully aware different exercises affect people in different ways. The following is just a guide line of what works for myself and my body.

The Cardio

Firstly I warm up with between 5-7 minutes on the treadmill, depending on how i’m feeling. I do this at 6mph on the highest incline setting. I usually burn between 75-100 calories. This exercise tones the back of your thighs, and lifts your ass depending on your stance.

Next, I move onto the step machine for 15 minutes. I build the speed up gradually, and tend to climb around 50 flights of stairs, burning around 100 calories. I vary my steps from one step at a time, to extending my leg and climbing two steps. This really targets and lifts your ass.

The Resistance 

Now I add resistance to my workout and move onto the waist reduction machines. I do 20×4 reps on each machine on a low weight. By doing this, I’ve managed to get rid of a lot the fat on the inside of my legs. At this point I also use the calf press, following the same reps as the waist reduction machines.

The mat workouts

Now I move onto mats. I do bear plank leg lifts and bridge hip lifts, at 20 reps each. (click here to view to learn the moves!)  I feel like these exercises are so great for really stretching your body as well. As I don’t know about you, but targeting your butt a lot tends to leave me feeling a bit achey!

Now I move onto squats. I do goblet squats, as they target your bum without bulking up your thighs in the process! I only add a 6kg kettle bell, as I’m mainly trying to tone muscle and not bulk. I also do kettle bell swings at this point too. Doing reps of 15×2 for each move.


Like I’ve already said, I’m no expert! But I hope you’ve found this helpful in learning how to build or tone a butt. What are your favourite exercises in the gym? Let me know in the comments!