26/06/2015

Fashion | High Street Palm Print Lookbook


For Summer I cannot get enough off this tropical palm tree print. I keep seeing it all over Instagram in people's holiday snaps and although I'm not going on my jolly's until November (so far away!!), I figured I should pick up some holiday pieces now whilst they are still in store. Here's my top picks from the high street including some sale items, perfect if you're on a budget.

Dress £20 - New Look
Bikini Top £18 Bottoms £16 - Warehouse
Jumpsuit £42 - Topshop
Runner Shorts £8 - Missguided
Denim Shorts £22 - Motel
Shorts £8 - Missguided
Bag £10 - Pull&Bear 
Trousers £18 - New Look
Crop Top £9 - New Look

Hope this gave you guys some inspiration. What trends have you been loving this summer?

25/06/2015

Festival Packing Essentials & Tips




With Glasto just around the corner I thought I'd make a quick post on my packing essentials for both day festivals and camping ones and throw in a few tips as well. I actually meant to post this after I attended Parklife but as always, I seem to have neglected my poor little blog once again!
After attending Leeds Festival for the weekend four years running and going last year for the day as well as Parklife, I feel I'm a pretty experienced festival goer and have all the essentials nailed down to a tee. So here's my list of things to remember:

For The Day -

  • Hand Gel
  • Tissues
  • Cash (If there are ATM machines in the festival you'll be charged a bomb to withdraw from them)
  • Print Out Timetable
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain Coat
  • Sunglasses (Even if it's rainy they'll help keep the rain from ruining your eye makeup)
  • Wet Wipes
  • Lighter (Even if you don't smoke, you will get asked for a light at least 20 times)
Only For The Weekend - 
  • Backpack/Bumbag
  • Disposable Camera (You don't want to be lugging around a heavy, expensive camera so if you want some memories these are a good option)
  • Deck of Cards (Great for drinking games and getting to know your camping neighbours)
  • Bin Bag/Camping Chair (If you want to go lightweight just take a bin bag to sit on)
  • Deodorant (Lots of it!!)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Perfume Sample (You don't need to take a full size just for the weekend)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Medication (Plasters for blisters, paracetamol for hangovers & any period related pills)
  • Makeup Wipes (So much more practical than micellar waters)
  • Moisturiser (Preferably with an SPF)
  • Sun Protection
  • Compact Mirror
If you're camping, take as much food and drink with you as you can especially if you're drinking alcohol. Food & drink is seriously overpriced inside festivals so take something small such as cereal/protein bars to fill you up. Most camping festivals let you take alcohol as long as it's not in glass bottles so if you want to be drinking wine you'll have to decant it into a plastic bottle before you go! 

Take more money than you think you'll need. Trust me, it's far better to come home with money left over than to run out on the second day. 

If you can find timetables online beforehand, print them off as they always charge a ridiculous amount for them inside the arena and you don't want to miss your favourite act. 

Give up your dream now of seeing all the bands you want to see. I know you've paid a lot of money but it's best to just have a couple acts you must see and then go with the flow for the rest of the weekend. There's always a few clashes so be prepared to have to compromise. 

Only take a few basic makeup bits. I know this can be hard to whittle down but the truth is, you'll end up sweating off all your makeup anyway so you might as well save a bit of space in your backpack! You don't need to be contouring at a festival, unless you really want to in which case go for it. 

If you buy a bottle of water, save the bottle as most festivals provide clean, drinking water at various sites so you can just refill that for free rather than shelling out time after time for more bottles. 

So I think those are all the tips I have or at least the only ones I can think of. Other than that, just enjoy yourself and embrace the filth and mud! It's a once in a lifetime experience so make the most of it. If you're at Glastonbury this weekend then I hope you have an amazing time! Any other festivals people are looking forward to?

17/06/2015

An Ode To Mac's 217

makeup stila mac eyeshadow brush blending

makeup beauty mac brush blending 217

I will happily admit that when it comes to makeup application, I haven't the foggiest clue what I'm doing. After many years of watching Youtube tutorials, I'm no closer to getting that sculpted Kardashian contour, the perfect winged liner or a smoky eye that doesn't look like someone has just punched me in the face. However saying that, there is one makeup tool that makes me feel like I actually somewhat know what I'm doing and that is the Mac 217 Blending Brush.

At £19 it's hardly a bargain buy but I think the fact I own three of the exact same brush shows how worthy it is. Well, it might also show just how much I hate cleaning my brushes but that's not the point of this post so let's just ignore that, shall we?

This is the blending brush of dreams. It's so unbelievably soft on the eyes which is something that I find drugstore equivalents just can't match. It blends my eye makeup both effortlessly and seamlessly and is wonderful for blending out colour in the crease and the outer corner of the eye. The quality of these is superb as I've had my original one for many years and it's still as good as new after many washes (okay, not that many) and a lot of wear and tear. 

The next time you're wanting to treat yo'self to something high end, let this brush be what you pick. If you're looking for a sign, permission or an enabler - here I am and I say buy it! Hell, why not buy three at once. It really is that good.

Who knew you could be smitten with a makeup brush, eh? Lovers come and go but this makeup brush right here, this is for life. I'm writing my vows right after I finish this post. 

Do you guys have any products or tools that you're absolutely in love with?