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Sunday, 28 September 2014

OOTW | Birthday Edition

So today’s post is a fashion post of the outfits I wore over my birthday weekend. I’ve called it an OOTW but it’s really an outfit of the weekend! I hope you enjoy these few outfits, let me know in the comments below.

So day one was a casual family night to celebrate my Auntie’s birthday but it was also a sort of pre-birthday. I wore my favourite skirt, floral of course, and matched it with a white crop top and denim jacket. I like this look because it’s comfortable, casual but still party-ish.

Cant find Crop Top
Old Denim Jacket

The next day was Saturday and that was my birthday day and night. For the morning, I must be honest, I wore my pyjamas until about 10 o’clock! After that I wore a casual/formal outfit of my black skirt and pinky-purple top. I also wore a necklace I actually received on my birthday which was a golden wishbone necklace- which I LOVE.

The last day of my OOTW is the day I went out for a Sunday lunch with all of my family. On this day I wanted to look cute but comfortable, and it was also kind of semi-formal. I wore my sunflower skirt, black crop top, new triangle necklace and black brogue heels. I also put on this crochet cardigan to add a little bit of detail to the look.

So that’s all, I hope you liked this- it was quite a lot of work to sort out! I know I love OOTDs so I thought I would do a birthday edition for all my lovely readers. Thank you all for reading this, I hope you have a great evening,

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Fiftenth Birthday Blog Post | 2014

So today is a very exciting day for me, it’s my 15th Birthday! I still feel 14, and can’t believe we’re coming up to a year since I began my blog, but here I am celebrating a new age.
Lately I’ve been wanting to put up one of my lifestyle-like posts but feel a little stuck. I just feel so content and happy at the moment, and wanted to share it with you. Over the summer, I really feel like I changed as a person. I began to prioritise who are my true friends again, spend more time doing what I love – like blogging- and have had some unforgettable experiences.

The greatest thing is that I know this changing won’t end. I still have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this year, and am hopeful that there will be unexpected events along the way. I love grasping the moment now, looking back on the memories and planning for brand new ones.
I, like everyone, go through happy point and sad point, and sometimes both at the same time. However at the moment, I am happy, and I think the happiest I’ve been for a while. It’s the little things, often that build up to bigger things, and lately I have just been stopping looking around myself and smiling.

I am blessed to have a loving family and a dedicated set of friends, I am so lucky to have such incredible opportunities behind and ahead, and I am so happy to have you. Just the fact you clicked on this link, or stumbled across it by mistake means something. Especially I you’ve read through all my blabber and are still reading this.

My blog makes me extremely happy, and I would recommend starting one to anyone. It doesn’t have to be a scheduled weekly blog, just the odd post as a start and build it from there. Make friends, learn a new skill and give it a try. I’d love to help those, like me, who are still beginners to a certain extent, so please leave your links in the comments.

I hope to be getting up a few posts this week, but as I’ve put one up today, I don’t know if there will be one up on Sunday. I hope your days are all amazing,

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bloggers Made Me Do It | Product Review

So today’s post is a post I’ve never done before but it is a post/ video I love to see! I can’t remember where I saw this first, but recently I went shopping and bought just a handful of things that I bought because of reviews I’ve seen online.
So the first product is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. This product is a really cheap skincare item that can be used to take your make up off. I’ve only been using this for about a week but I love it. I used to just remove my make up with wipes, and never saw the problem with them. However, since I’ve used this I know I’m never going back. With this product all you need to do is put a bit onto a cotton pad and then wipe your face. It works for skin, lips, eyes etc and takes only a few seconds. When you put it on, it feels like it should sting- but it just doesn’t. I would totally recommend this.

Next is the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation. This product had a hype a while ago, and I was always considering buying it but never got around to it. This is recommended by so many youtubers and bloggers (examples being FleurDeForce and Zoella). It is known for being a great foundation with a radiant glow. I’ve only used it a few times, but currently things are looking good. I only use a small amount at the moment because my skins been really good lately, but I hope to maybe so a make up look soon.

My last product is the Wake Me Up Concealer from Rimmel London. Again this is a product I’ve wanted to buy for ages. I’ve discovered that I’m a real creamy liquid concealer girl, and the reviews I’ve seen have all been good. So far I’ve been enjoying this, but haven’t had much chance to play about with it yet. I’ll keep you posted.

So this simple little review type post was a bit different for me. I always find that 50% of the time I buy whatever in the shop and then 50% of the time they are inspired by online reviews, hauls and blogspots. There is still so much I am keen to try, so leave your reviews and recommendations below.

I’m sorry this post isn’t very innovative but I’ve had a shed load of school work lately. Also it’s my birthday on Saturday so I’ve been trying to prepare posts early (so I don’t miss my deadlines of Wednesdays and Sundays). I hope you have a brilliant day,

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

So today’s my monthly book review post. Sorry it’s a little late but I was behind on my reading. However I have just finished ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ by John Green and I wanted to tell you all about it.

So, being honest here, all through this book I wasn’t overly impressed. I love John Green, I think most of us do, and his writing really is amazing but this novel isn’t one of my favourites. I loved ‘The Fault in our stars’ and ‘Looking for Alaska’, but this wasn’t the same standard for me.
An Abundance of Katherines is a romantic story, sort of, that really takes you on a journey. Colin, the main character, is taken along a route where his friendship, life choices, romances and actions are really tested.

I found this book really made me think. It touches on some deep subjects but keeps light-hearted throughout. An Abundance of Katherines is written well, and includes footnotes as a unique touch. I loved these as they really added something to look out for! They also linked so well to Colin and his character, so made it feel more real to read.

My favourite part of the book was definitely the end. Along the way, I was reading, not absorbed but not too bored. Alternatively at the end, I really felt Green had written it with so much more emotion. The last few pages really made me happy, and I felt I connected with the true Colin finding himself. I would love to know if you agree, if you’ve read this.

I would still recommend this to John Green fans, or mostly any readers. I would say though, that you must be prepared to read on even if it feels a little dull- it does get better! I think this would be great if you’re a teen who feels a little lost, that you want a purpose, that you want to be known or remembered. I would give An Abundance of Katherines 3/5 stars but it was still a good read!

So that’s my review. It’s quite short but that’s all I feel I want to say. Have you read An Abundance of Katherines? Let me know your opinion on it. Also if you have any requests, just drop me a comment and I’m sure to check it out! Have a wonderful week, stay smiling,

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

REVIEW: Frizz Ease Dream Curls and Serum


So today’s post is going to be a hair-care review. Lately I have been a little confused with my hair, unimpressed by many of the shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried. However this combination of serum, shampoo and conditioner seems to have worked, so I thought I’d let you know.
With curly hair, I find I am prone to it becoming frizzy and dry. Other shampoos and conditioners (s&cs) have left my hair dry, puffy, frizzy or dehydrated, and even the ones I’ve liked haven’t fulfilled my needs.

When looking for s&cs, I find there is so many for dyed hair or straight hair but few to none that target curly hair. Nevertheless, one day I decided to splurge on one that did. I used to use the brand Frizz Ease a long time ago, and was excited to give it another try.

So I decided to buy the shampoo and conditioner from the ‘Dream Curl’ range and the ‘Extra Strength, 6 effects’ serum. I have been using these together for about a month, and have managed to go through a whole tube of the s&c.

I don’t know what it is but when I wash my hair, let it dry naturally, and there is so much life back in my hair. My hair is bouncy and my curls stay in shape, my hair also has a shine with this combination.

I apply a few pumps of the serum to wet hair and I find this is what is limiting the amount of frizz in my hair. I love this, but I think for some people who will find this too expensive, there are probably cheaper alternatives.

I feel like my faith has returned to the world of hair-care with these products, and Frizz Ease is now one of my top hair brands. It fits in well with the few other products I use to keep my hair healthy, and the s&c leave my hair salon sleek.  
I would defintely recommend this shampoo for people with wavy to curly hair, especially if you feel your hair has been a little weathered recently. The brand is available in drugstores and supermarkets, although the ‘Dream Curls’ range may differ.

The only disadvantage to these products is the price. In Tesco the price of the shampoo and conditioner is £5.89 each. The serum is £6.25. I would definitely recommend buying the products when the brand is on offer, for example I got the s&c for a deal of ‘2 for £8’.

So that’s all for today. I’m loving using these so much but if you have any hair recommendations for curly hair, please let me know. Thanks for reading, I hope you have an amazing day,

Sunday, 7 September 2014

My Travel Diary: London Day Trip

So on the Saturday before I went back to school, I went to London on a family day trip. It was a great day and we got so much packed into one day. We’ve been to London many times before, so have already done a lot of tourist attractions, but I would definitely recommend the places we visited. I hope you enjoy this, also this may be the last ‘my travel diary’ in a while now summers over.

So we went on the train to London (which I was hugely excited by, as I love travelling on the train), and got to Paddington by 8:30 in the morning. My job was to organise a schedule for the day trip and all the tube journeys and stops, I did pretty well as we didn’t get lost or confused once! We started our trip by visiting Notting Hill- the one in the film ‘Notting Hill’. There was a lovely market on the Saturday morning, and we also enjoyed visiting the book shop (like the one in the film) and having a tasty English breakfast.

Next, we went to the British Museum, a huge museum near Russell Square. It was really interesting, and I especially enjoyed the exhibit on Ancient Egypt. While we were there, we also got to see the Rosetta stone, which I loved after having had learnt about it in primary school. If you are visiting London, I would definitely recommend giving this place a visit.

After this we went across the roads and stopped in Starbucks. I finally got to try a ‘Mocha Cookie Crumble’ but it wasn’t really that good, I much prefer the coconut one! After, we travelled down to Covent Garden. We shopped and looked around the market, but then it was time to move on.
The next destination on our list was tower hill, to visit the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. At the Tower of London, there is currently an exhibition for Remembrance Day, where the tower is surrounded by a sea of bright red ceramic poppies- one for each death. Without doubt, I would recommend visiting this as it really was breath-taking. It’s only there until November the 11th though, so visit it while you can. It is free to see from the outside of the Tower of London, but you could make a day of it by visiting inside!

Then we walked over Tower Bridge and back. We even saw the bridge rise! It’s definitely a good destination to see, as it is so iconic to London and when you are there you can see a lot of London’s skyline, like the Gherkin and the Shard.

So to finish the day, we decided to have a few hours to shop in Oxford Street. However, by the time we got there we were all exhausted and our feet were killing. I did by a dress from H&M but had to take it back recently. I also bought my school bag  (see: School Haul Post) while we were there.
The day finished with a tube ride to Paddington and then the train home, we got back at about 9 but it felt so much later! As soon as we got in I went straight to bed!

So that’s all from this post. London is such an interesting city, and there is so much to see. If you’re ever visiting the UK, it should be on the top of your list! I hope you have an amazing day,

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites

So this post is going to be my august favourites. August was such a big months for me; I did so much and had such a great summer. These are just a few products that I loved.

So first is my Ultimelt. I bought this to really give me a push into doing skincare and I loved this product. The Ultimelt hot cloth cleanser from Soap&Glory, is such a luxurious item and feels like it’s high end, even though it’s still a drugstore price. It’s £10, but there are always a lot of Soap&Glory offers on in boots so you can easily get it cheaper. Link:

The next item is the new concealer I bought. After a slightly disappointing one from Rimmel, I was keen to find one that would be good. I looked online and decided there were two I wanted to give a go: the Rimmel wake me up concealer and the Collection lasting perfection concealer. In the end I bought the collection on and I really like it. It gives good coverage and, in the summer, it gives me all I need on my skin. Again it’s so cheap as it’s from the drugstore, and comes in a few shades. It’s £4.19,

The third product is a nail polish. The summer offered me a chance to try out a few new brands and colours, and I really loved this. The trend of white nail polish never appealed to me, but one day I was in boots and I decided to give it a go. And I love it. It looks so grown up and stylish, as well as the fact that it matches everything. I love it for nights out and in the day, and I will definatly be wearing it over the end of summer and beginning of autumn. The brand I used was the Rimmel Rita Ora 60 second polish. One thing I would say is that it is quick but it needs at least 2 coats. It’s also very cheap at just £3.69. Link:

A fashion favourite for me over the summer has been my denim jacket. For those colder evenings or chilly days, my denim jacket has been perfect. It matches my style and goes well with everything. Mine is a handy down, but I would defiantly recommend investing on one is you feel you are missing a layer. They are available in so many places and at many different prices.

A song I have been loving is Stolen Dance by Milky Chance. I don’t know why I like this, it isn’t my normal music taste but it makes me feel summery. This has been one of the songs that made my 2014 summer playlist, I would defiantly recommend giving it a listen to.

Another favourite of mine is peanut M&Ms. I recently went to London and re-discovered my addiction to these. I don’t really like peanuts or peanut butter but these are AMAZING! You can find them in normal supermarkets and I think they are quite cheap, so if you have a sweet tooth you might love these too!

The next thing I’ve loved is a hairstyle. I have always liked plaits but this month I seem to have worn them more. I learnt how to do a Dutch plait this month, and also mastered a French plait. I’ve worn fishtail plaits, and normal braids, and have just enjoyed having my hair out of my face but not up in a pony or pigtails.

Activity of the month: Camping. This month I went on two camping events. A four day family camp in Brixham, see travel diary: , and a weeklong guide camp. I would defiantly recommend camping if you’ve never been before, it’s great fun, a little messy but a real laugh.

The final favourite for me is my photo editing. Hopefully you've noticed that my title images, for my posts, have changed and I made them look a little bit more professional and interesting- I'd love to hear what you think so please let me know and compliments or criticisms. 

So that’s all, I hope you enjoyed this and I’d love to know what your favourites have been, please comment down below. I hope you’re all enjoying back to school, have a great day,