Beauty Haul|Estee Lauder, Urban Decay, Tanya Burr & More!

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So today’s post is an exciting one, after being good and not buying any new beauty bits for a while I decided to treat myself with some beauty vouchers I’d gotten for my birthday, to a few new bits for my graduation. I absolutely love everything that I got and I cannot wait to try them all out and let you know my thoughts!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics – I wandered into Superdrug to see if anything caught my eye and as soon as I saw that they had the latest products from Tanya Burr I just knew that I needed to pick up a few bits, especially as they were on a 3 for 2 deal! I picked up two of the illuminating powders in ‘peonies please‘ which is the most beautiful pink colour and then one in the shade ‘warm bronze’ which is seriously pigmented and gives you the most unbelievable bronzed glow to the skin. I’ve quickly tried these out and I fell in love so I can’t wait to keep playing with them and see what looks I can create. I then picked up her lip strawberry milkshake lip balm which comes in super cute packaging and smells sweet!

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess – This product has been on the very top of my wish list for the past three summers. Every year I tell myself I’m finally going to get my hands on it and then its sold out. But this year, I used some vouchers which I got for my birthday earlier on in the  year to finally get it and I’m so happy I did. This smells absolutely incredible. It’s the perfect summer scent and I love the packaging.

 Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Whilst everything else in this haul is new and therefore I have never tried them before, this is a repurchase. It’s just my favourite concealer, it gets the job done and its super affordable. I got this specifically for my graduation as I knew there would be a lot of photos being taken and I needed it to last all day.

L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara – I needed a new mascara and I’ve heard really good things about this one. First of all I love the packaging and I’ve been using this for a couple of days now and I really like it. It gives your lashes volume and really defines them which I love in a mascara.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in ‘love light’ – I had another voucher for Debenhams and after wondering around the shop for a while looking at different beauty bits, I decided that I wanted a new lipstick that I could wear especially for my graduation. After looking at many, I found myself going back to this one from Urban Decay. I love this brand and have so many well loved products from them but I’ve never tried any of their lipsticks so I decided to pick this one up and it’s beautiful.

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So that is all of the beauty bits that I’ve picked up over the past week or so and I am in love with everything that I’ve got. Some of these products I’ve had my eye on for a while so I’m so happy to finally add them into my beauty collection. Thanks for reading!

Kayley x

 

 

An Afternoon Well Spent!

IMG_1311I often talk about how much of a morning person I am. Both on here and in real life. As its the time where I’m the most productive and motivated to make sure I’ve completed all of my main goals for the day. I can easily wake up early (I don’t even use an alarm) but recently I’ve found that the afternoons are the time where usually my motivation starts to slack and I find myself considering whether a nap is a good idea or not (it never is if you actually want to sleep that night). Personally I feel like my mornings are meant to be productive and my evenings are made to relax with a cup of hot chocolate and a show on Netflix. But the afternoon’s? What do I do then? How do I stay motivated? How do I use my time effectively? I’ve created a list!

Baking – Now I’ll be honest I don’t bake anywhere near as much as I would like to but now that I’ve finished university and it’s summer, I have a little more time on my hands and I have to say I always feel so creative and inspired whenever I spent the afternoon baking away and so later on that evening it’s so much more satisfying to know that you made them rather than get them out of a packet. It feels both relaxing but productive at the same time which makes baking the perfect thing to do in the afternoon. (Sadly I didn’t bake this donut but it was delicious and now I really want to try and bake one myself).

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Being creative – Whether that’s working on your scrapbook, writing in your journal or painting. I am such a creative person, I just love sitting down with a selection of pens and pencils and creating something from scratch. Whether it’s just because it’s nice to not be using technology or not I don’t know but again I feel inspired and relaxed at the same time. It’s very calming and like with baking, you physically have something to show after you finish.

Afternoon Tea – I mean it has a clue in the title but I have to agree. Whether you’ve been out all morning at work or in meetings or maybe you’ve been shopping, stopping off at a cafe or even creating your own afternoon tea is such a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Stop what your doing for the day and just enjoy sitting and eating some delicious food.

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Organising – Now whilst I like to tidy my room in the morning so that after a long day I don’t come back home to a total mess, I never have the time to actually organise and declutter my room in the morning. So once all of the priorities for the day are done, I can put some music on and spend as long as I need really going through all of my stuff and sorting it all out. So that when I wake up the next morning, it’s one less thing I have to do.

Writing a blog post – As I post three blog posts a week, I have to make sure that they are apart of my day to ensure that they are all written and ready to be uploaded. As they all go up first thing in the morning, it’s important that I don’t leave them down to the last minute. So I enjoy spending my afternoon’s creating content for my blog so I can wake up and get on with my morning knowing that they have been done and are up.

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Sitting outside with a good book and a cup of tea/coffee – On days where I don’t want to go out and about, I really enjoy just sitting outside in the sunshine with a good book and an ice lolly or even a cup of coffee and just relax. It allows you to get out of your room/house and away from any stress or worries you have back inside. And I don’t know about you but it’s definitely an afternoon well spent if i walk away from it having read a couple of chapters or even an entire book.

Whether it’s five minutes or an hour you spend doing any of these activities in the afternoon, I think it’s an afternoon well spent. So those are a couple of things that I like to do in the afternoon’s in summer, on my days off. What are some of your favourite ways to spend the afternoon? Thanks for reading

Kayley x

 

Top 5 Books of 2017 So Far!

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According to my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I have read 22 books so far this year. Though that may not be my personal best, I can forgive myself because the first half of this year has been so crazy for me that I didn’t have much time for reading, so hopefully I can read a lot more throughout the remainder of the year. But as I was rearranging my bookshelf, I thought I would share with you the top 5 books which I’ve read so far this year. Also, these books aren’t in order from number 1 favourite to fifth favourite, simply because it was too hard to choose!

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – This is a contemporary read following Steffi and Rhys. I absolutely adored this book. I think what I liked so much about it was that it was so unexpected and by that I mean that I stumbled across this book one day and bought it without reading any reviews or hearing much about it. I read this book in one sitting, it was that good. This story draws awareness to selective mutism and I particularly loved how at the front and back of the book there is the alphabet in sign language and number 1-10 for the readers to learn. I loved both of our main characters and their story so much! I went in not knowing much and fell in love, so I think you guys should do the same if this sounds interesting to you!

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – I bought this book for two reasons. One was the cute cover I saw ice cream… enough said right? and secondly this book is set in Italy and as I was searching for a new book to take on holiday with me to Italy, I was sold. I spent the day lounging around the pool, reading this and it was so great. It was a cute, summer read but also dealt with deeper subjects and I learnt a lot about Italy from this book. So it was literally the perfect summer read for me.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – Sarah is one of my all-time favourite authors. I love both of her series and after reading this and her previous book in this series, this became my favourite series out of the two she has written and one that I had been anticipating since the beginning of the year. This is her third book in the series and so I can’t say much about it, but I would highly recommend her books and this book was just as good as I was hoping it would be, so of course I had to feature it in my top 5 books!

Note to Self by Connor Franta – I don’t read much non-fiction and so I was surprised by  how much I loved this. Connor is a YouTuber who I’ve watched for years and so I bought his book to support him but also that cover though! but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this read. It’s a combination of poems, photographs and thoughts and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read. It was great to learn more about Connor’s life and advice but the photographs and poems just added a little something extra, which I loved!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – Another book in a series and therefore I can’t say much about this either but I love Cassandra Clare’s books and this new series is becoming a new favourite. Despite how big this book looks, I read it in literally three sittings because it was that good. The world, the characters and that ending…! I already can’t wait for the next one.

So those are my top 5 favourite books of 2017 so far. Any book recommendations? Thanks for reading!

Kayley x

Italy Haul!

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As I’ve mentioned in my last few blog posts, I recently went to Italy and had an amazing time! So of course whilst I was on holiday, eating some of the best food ever and relaxing by the pool, I also did a little bit of shopping. So today I wanted to share with you all what I bought in Italy!

Postcards: One of the very first things I bought whilst in Italy was of course, a postcard or two. I love these because there are so many things you can do with them. Personally,  I’m going to put these into an Italy or travelling scrapbook so whenever I look back at my trip, I can see these. I absolutely fell in love with the pizza postcard, because pizza is my all-time favourite food and I just thought this was the perfect postcard for me. I also really like the other postcard I bought because it shows a beautiful view and I love the colourful writing.

A Book– One day when we were wandering around the streets of Italy, we stumbled upon a book shop and being the bookworms that we are we just had to go inside. I found two books that I really, really wanted to read but I also had to think about weight for my suitcase on the way home and I’d already brought two books to Italy with me. So I ended up just getting the one book, that being Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I ended up reading this around the pool one day and the next thing I know, I’d finished it.

A notebook – At the same bookstore I came across a selection of adorable notepads, small and colourful with different quotes and sayings on them. I wanted one of all of them as they were all so pretty as like with books I have so many. I ended up getting this blue one which reads ‘Less Monday’s, more summer!’ and thats where I ended up writing all about my trip inside. You can never have too many notebooks!

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A bracelet – I saw this super pretty copper coloured bracelet band at a store one day and really liked it but for some reason I didn’t end up getting it. Later on on the holiday I remember wishing that I’d just bought it and as luck would have it, we were nearby the store where I first saw it and so I went back and got it and I’m so happy I did. I love anything copper/rose gold and this is so beautiful with little designs on it. Whenever I wear this, I think of being in Italy!

Clothes – On one of the last days of our trip we were doing some more shopping and I ended up buying four items of clothing. I’ve been really into fashion this year and in particular trying to get out of my comfort zone. So when I saw this pair of mustard/yellow shorts from Piazza Italia I would never normally think to try them on, but I did and I actually really liked them. I love the detail on the sides of them and paired with a plain top, they work perfectly! I then went into a shop called Zuiki and I saw SO many different clothes that I absolutely loved and there was a sale on! I picked up a pair of green shorts which are so comfortable and add a little bit of colour into my wardrobe without them being too bright. I also got a white t-shirt which reads ‘sweet love’ with a picture of watermelon on it (I love watermelon and ate a lot of it whilst in Italy). I love comfy t-shirts and so had to get this one as well. Finally, I bought a playsuit. Up until now I only had one playsuit in my wardrobe but I love this one. Again, it adds a bit of colour to my wardrobe with the orange but it isn’t too out there for me. It’s comfortable and easy to throw on on a warm day.

So that is everything that I bought in Italy! (aside from the gelato, pizza and pasta of course!). I’m so happy with everything I bought as I have a real range of items to remind me of my trip. Thanks for reading!

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Kayley x

 

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone with Fashion!

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This is a topic which has been on my mind a lot lately and so I decided to share this with you as its something which I’m currently working on. You may or may not have noticed that whilst I love blogging about beauty and books and lifestyle, its rare (if ever) that I talk about fashion. Especially in terms of writing outfit of the day posts or fashion hauls etc (until recently). Now that is for one of two reasons. The first being that as someone who takes my own photo’s, it’s pretty difficult trying to take a photo of an outfit. And secondly, because when it comes to fashion I tend to play it pretty safe. I would describe my style as comfy and casual, which works for me! However, I noticed that there were so many times where I would be shopping and see super cool, colourful fashion pieces but never actually buy them (or even try them on). Why, you may ask? Because I’m always worried about what other people will think. What if someone laughs at me? Or doesn’t think that top goes with those shorts? What if I’m not ‘cool’ enough to wear said piece? etc.

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Now whether or not it’s because I recently turned twenty-one or maybe because I just finished university (I really don’t know) but for some reason I’ve started telling myself who cares what others say? Instead I ask myself ;do you like it? Is it comfy? Do you think this suits you? If my answer is yes to those questions then I buy that dress or t-shirt or whatever the item is. I’ve suddenly found the confidence that I’ve lacked all of these years. The thing is, the outfits I’m showing in this post may make you think ‘but there not even that crazy of an outfit?” and you would be right. But I’ve become so comfortable wearing jeans, a cute t-shirt and trainers or boots (depending on the weather). It’s hard to break out of a habit and there are definitely days where I just want to throw something comfy on, and thats completely ok. But what isn’t ok, is stopping myself from buying or wearing what I like because of silly worries of what other people think.

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This red dress from River Island is a prime example of this new found confidence. If I had walked into this store a week ago, two weeks ago? I would have looked at it, thought it was super cute and then moved on. Because it was bright and colourful and I didn’t own anything in the colour red in my entire wardrobe. But today was different. I saw it, liked it, picked it up and tried it on, liked it and bought it. I actually bought it! And out of everything I bought that day, that was my favourite item!

So the general idea of this blog post is to share with you my journey in finding confidence in what you wear, allowing yourself to try something new and step out of your fashion comfort zone. You may surprise yourself and try a totally new style, outfit or even colour that mixes up your wardrobe and gets you excited about fashion again! In trying to step out of my fashion comfort zone, I’ve learnt that as long as you are happy and comfortable in your own skin and confident in your style and what your wearing then what people think simply doesn’t matter. So be confident and try something new, even if in a couple of years time you might look back and wonder why on earth you would ever wear that!

Thanks for reading

Kayley x

A Week In Outfits: Italy!

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So I’ve just got back from my holiday in Italy and there is so many things that I wanted to blog about as I just had the best time ever but whilst I was away I decided that I would take a photo of each outfit I wore throughout the week and share with you guys what I wore whilst I was in Italy. If you’re going away anywhere, then this might give you some inspiration or just give you a little bit of an insight into both my holiday and my personal style.

Day One 

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T-shirt: River Island. Skirt: New Look. Shoes: Primark. Watch: Fitbit. Sunglasses: Next

This is technically day two because by the time we landed and got to our hotel on day one it was very late at night and so technically day two was really our first day there. On our first day in Italy we went on a welcome tour and I wore a super cute outfit which consisted of one of my favourite t-shirts which is a super soft, grey t-shirt which is comfy and cute and I paired it with this black skirt. I love the buttons down this skirt and it literally goes with anything. On my feet, I’m wearing what I wore a lot on the trip which is some white trainers because they are comfy and great on days where your doing lots of walking.

Day Two

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Day 2 – Dress: Next. Shoes: Primark. Bag: Topshop. Necklace: New Look. Sunglasses: Next.

On the second day we went on a trip and was out for the entire day and it was also so warm outside and so I wanted something light, easy and comfy to wear. This dress is actually my mums but I borrowed it because it’s super cute but lightweight material so it was perfect on such a warm day. I love the simplicity of this dress and of course I paired it with my trainers because we were walking a lot. I love the colour grey and this dress actually had sparkles on it as well which just added a little bit of something extra to the whole look.

Day 3 

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T-shirt: Next. Pinafore dress: Primark. Shoes: Primark. Bag: Topshop. Sunglasses: Next

We mainly spent day three around the pool but I really liked this outfit because it was summery, added a little more colour (pale pink and green) into my look and I think I ended up getting changed into my bikini fairly quickly anyway. But this outfit was super easy to throw together and is very comfortable to wear. Half way though the day I changed out of my pinafore dress and into the playsuit from the first photo in this post which is from New Look. It’s black with some small flowers scattered around it and I decided to change into this because I was so warm but I love both outfits!

Day Four

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Dress: Topshop. Shoes: Primark. Bag: Topshop. Necklace: a gift. Sunglasses: Next. Earrings: a gift

I didn’t get a full length outfit photo of day four because we were up early to head onto another trip which is so sad because I honestly think that this was my favourite outfit of the entire week. Again, it was simply and easy to throw on and super comfortable which is important when your out for the whole day again. I got this olive green dress last summer and I absolutely love it! Sadly both my necklace and my earrings were gifts for my birthdays quite a few years ago and so I can’t remember where they were from, but i absolutely love them (despite the fact that my necklace is the wrong way round on most of my pictures which is so annoying, haha!).

Day Five

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Day outfitTop: New Look. Shorts: Primark. Flip flops: Primark. Sunglasses: Prescription sunglasses.

Evening OutfitTop: New Look. Jeans: Topshop. Heels: Dorothy Perkins. Necklace: a gift. Bag: Topshop

There are three photo’s for my outfits on day five because I changed my outfit in the evening to go down for dinner after a day spent around the pool. I love both outfits because the day time one was quick and easy and the evening outfit was a personal favourite because the top was a velvet material with little sequins all around it and it was off the shoulder. I also love these heels because they are pale pink they are perfect for summer but just help make my outfit look a little more formal for dinner.

Day Six 

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I’ve already added text on this photo so you can see where I got everything from for this outfit but again it really was one of my favourite outfits because everything just matched perfectly. This is actually another evening outfit because again I was just lounging around the pool in the daytime and so didn’t put together a specific outfit but for the evening I wanted to dress up a little bit but also look summery and comfy. I love that my cardigan and shoes match in colour and this top is so, so beautiful!

So those were all of the outfits which I wore whilst I was in Italy. As you can probably tell  Topshop, Primark and New Look were featured quite a few times because they are some of my favourite shops. I didn’t include the outfits I wore on the day we arrived and the day we left because they were my travel outfits which mostly consisted of leggings, a long top and some trainers. I had such an amazing time on holiday and I really loved all of the outfits which I wore! Thanks for reading!

Kayley x

Everyday Makeup Look!

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The weather has been sort of all over the place recently. One minute it’s raining, the next it is the most beautiful sunshine and then it goes back to rain again. However, throughout the month of June, I’ve found myself reaching for pretty much the same sort of makeup look all month. I’ve kept it fairly natural and minimal and maybe switched up a few products, but for the most part this is my everyday makeup look throughout the month of June.

Foundation – The YSL Touche Eclat foundation has been a staple in my makeup routine this month because it’s the perfect foundation to wear when you want good coverage, a bit of a glow and something that will stay around for the majority of the day. I’ve been blending this in with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge which I love because its quick, easy to apply and looks great.

Concealer – I usually wear the Collection concealer as it’s such great coverage, but seen as it’s been super warm recently I wanted something that would be a little lighter coverage and more brightening underneath the eyes and the Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer is great for that. I really like the packaging of this, it’s small and easy to travel with and it gets the job done pretty well.

Eyebrows – My all-time favourite eyebrow product is the Soap and Glory Brow Archery Pencil and I have still continued to love and use this throughout the month of June. On super warm days, I found myself skipping this step all together as I have pretty bold eyebrows and can get away with not wearing anything, but on the days where I wanted to fully do my makeup (even if the look itself was kept natural and light) then I would run a bit of this through my brows.

Eyeshadow – In one of my last blog posts I mentioned that I’ve been getting back into wearing single eyeshadows which have been great on days where it’s warm and I wanted a little something on the eyes, but nothing too much. However, on days where the weather hasn’t been quite so warm, I’ve been enjoying bringing out my Zoeva Naturally Yours Palette where I’ve used the shades – ‘pure’ and ‘first love’ all over the eye (cream and beige matte eyeshadows) and then I’ve used the deep, matte brown shade called ‘soft and sexy’ in the crease and finally I added a little bit of ‘casual elegance’, which is a soft gold shade in the centre of the eyes. The combination of these eyeshadows creates the most beautiful, soft and natural eye look which doesn’t look heavy or too dramatic.

Eyeliner – Throughout the majority of the month, I’ve skipped this step and gone straight to mascara but on the days where I have worn eyeliner I’ve been using the Mac pencil eyeliner in the shade ‘photogravure’ . I’ve been applying a thin line of this close to my lash line to add a little definition but careful not make my eye look, look too intense.

MascaraThe Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is a super popular mascara that is affordable, has cute packaging and creates voluminous and long lashes. This just helps complete the eye look and makes you look much more awake. I like how fast this is to apply and you always get good results after using this mascara.

Bronzer – For bronzer I’ve been enjoying using one of my all-time favourites which is the Soap and Glory Solar Powder. As you can see from the photo’s, I’ve used this a lot and it’s such a great one because I never seem to have applied too much and it always looks natural but effective.

Highlighter – I decided to skip blusher recently as I didn’t want to feel as though I had a lot of makeup on and instead reached straight for my highlighter of choice. I love highlighter and I have a range of them, some of which are super pigmented and others look a little more natural. The highlighter from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette is beautiful. It never looks too intense, but it really helps add that glow to your skin. It’s a great everyday highlighter.

Lipstick – Finally for lipstick, probably the only category which I switch up all of the time. But I’ve found myself loving the new Tanya Burr lipstick in the shade ‘bear hug’. It’s the most perfect, natural nude/brown lipstick which honestly looks like your lips but better. What I like about this is that I find it really brings the whole look together and the formula lasts well for ages and it’s super comfortable to wear.

So that is my natural, everyday makeup look that I’ve worn throughout the majority of the month of June. I’ve been enjoying keeping it fairly simple and quick and yet the makeup look is such a lovely combination of products to create a natural but pretty look for whatever the weather or occasion. Thanks for reading!

Kayley X

 

Favourite Things To Do In Summer!

Summer has quickly become one of my favourite seasons and so far this year we have had so many beautiful, sunny days and so in today’s post I wanted to compile a list of all of the things that I like to do throughout the summer season.

  • Go to the beach
  • Have or go to a BBQ with family and/or friends
  • Go to the pub
  • Sitting in the sunshine
  • Reading a good book
  • Being creative – whether that be scrapbooking, journalling or writing
  • Shopping for summer clothes – incorporating bright colours into your wardrobe!
  • Listening to some new summer tunes
  • Going on holiday – explore somewhere new!
  • Drink iced coffee and other iced, fruity and summery drinks
  • Wander around a garden centre and look at the pretty, colourful flowers and maybe even treat yourself to a few
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Clean and reorganise your room or space – just to change things up a bit
  • Garden parties
  • Take a dip in the swimming pool or sea if things get too hot
  • Sitting in your garden with a glass of wine and a good book whilst you get some sun
  • Ice cream, fruit salads – all of the summery snacks and treats
  • Just relax a little – enjoy a little time off from work or university

So those are a selection of things that I love to do throughout summer time. Let me know some of your favourite things to do this season. Thanks for reading!

Kayley x

 

Summer Haul!

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So as I mentioned in my last post, I’m going on holiday soon and so every time I go shopping I’ve been buying one or two pieces to take with me and I thought I would share a selection of bits which I recently picked up which will be coming with me on my hols and overall will be great this summer!

The Backpack – I own a lot of bags. They are my favourite fashion accessory and I honestly think that they can really put an outfit together. Backpacks have been super in fashion recently and I was yet to add one to my collection, so when I saw this pale pink/beige one from Primark, I decided to pick it up. I really like the size of this bag as it can fit a lot of stuff in there if needed but not only is the bag cute, but by having it on my back it means that I can keep my hands free for shopping bags and an iced coffee I suspect haha. 

The Book –  I’ve been super into reading contemporary books at the moment and as soon as I saw ‘Love and Gelato’ by Jenna Evans Welch, I just knew that I had to pick it up. I don’t know too much about what the book is about, but the title and cover instantly got me excited for summer and so I’m looking forward to giving this a read.

The Phone case – A pretty random one but probably one of the most exciting new purchases in this haul in my opinion. I’ve recently got a new phone and I only had one case for it and whilst I love that one, I had a voucher for Topshop and when wandering through the aisles of clothing, it was this that caught my eye and I fell in love. I’m loving all things blush pink at the moment and it’s just so stunning. So I’m looking forward to switching between the two cases over the summer!

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The Real Techniques Complexion Sponge – Another random one but this was an essential because I absolutely love applying my makeup using one of these beauty sponges because its so quick and easy and flawless. Whilst it’s not the most exciting purchase, I did need a new one.

The Mini’s – One of my favourite things about travelling is all of the little mini beauty products that you buy to take with you. Not only are they cute but they also allow you to buy something that you might not have tried before to see if you like it. I picked up the Ogx Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. I tried one of Ogx’s other shampoos before and I really liked it so I thought I would try a different one from the range. For shower gel, I also picked up something I’ve never tried before which is the Fruity Strawberry and Raspberry shower gel.  I love anything that smells fruity and sweet so I think I’m really going to enjoy this.

The Barry M Nail Paint – Another thing that I love about summertime is the bright colours, especially on your nails. As I’m hopefully going to get a bit of a tan whilst away I thought this incredible red/orange shade called ‘All The Things She Red’  would be the perfect thing to wear on my toes and nails to get me feeling and looking very summery.

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The Shoes – I recently bought two pairs of shoes from Primark as I really needed some new ones. The first pair are pretty and pink and are super comfy and easy to wear with everything this summer and were only £4. I also then picked up a new pair of trainers. I already own a pair of these and I absolutely love them, they are affordable, comfy and go with basically every outfit. I’ve been wearing them so much that I decided that I needed a new pair as my current ones I’ve had for ages.

So those are the latest beauty, book and fashion bits which I’ve picked up recently in preparation for my holiday and for summer. Thanks for reading!

Kayley x

Getting Back Into Single Eyeshadows!

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Recently I was sorting through my makeup collection and began to rediscover a selection of single eyeshadows which I hadn’t used in so long and so I decided to pop them back into my makeup bag to see if I could get any use out of these beautiful bunch of eyeshadows and I was pleasantly surprised. Over the years, as my makeup collection has grown, I’ve found myself reaching for an eyeshadow palette most mornings as they are quick, easy and it’s great to have a selection of shades to choose from. However with the weather being so beautiful and warm here at the moment, I’ve found myself going for a slightly more minimal makeup look and so I’ve been loving using these in my makeup routine.

I have six Mac single eyeshadows, can you believe that? I was tempted to put them in a palette but actually I’ve quite enjoyed just using one shade all over the eye and blending it out. So from Mac I have the shades; Sable, Stolen moment, Hearts-A-Flutter, Woodwinked, Ginger Rooted and Joy & Laughter. Every single one of these colours are absolutely beautiful and I’ve been loving wearing them on their own or blending two shades together. I forgot how pigmented and easy to blend these shadows are and they are all different formulas, so even though I have quite a few bronze/ brown shades they all look different on the eyes and they are just so beautiful. I’m so happy that I rediscovered these single eyeshadows and have actually been reaching for one or two of these instead of a huge eyeshadow palette.

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I then have what is technically a palette from NYX which contains three eyeshadows inside but I’m counting it in with this blog post because I’ve been using these shades by themselves and it is also a rediscovery as well so it’s been so nice to pick this back up and get some more use out of it. All three shades in here are so beautiful and three of my favourite eyeshadow shades and whilst it is still in a palette I still like how simple and easy to travel with it is. Inside this palette are the shades; Aloha, Mink Brown and Deep Bronze. I’m not sure if you can buy these shadows individually or not but they are so pretty and very pigmented as well. These are the first and only eye shadows that I’ve used from NXY but I’m so impressed with them that I definitely want to try out some more.

I then have a little sample of an eyeshadow from No7 which is from the Cappuccino trio palette. First of all how adorable is this mini? So great for travelling with and I also think this is a great shade for either day or evening as it’s a beautiful silver/grey shade. You can definitely wear this by itself or with something else and it looks amazing both ways.

Finally I actually have a single eye shimmer pot from Tanya Burr which I believe came in the Tanya Burr Christmas Advent Calendar called snow day. Whilst this isn’t something that I would wear by itself its such a great product to keep in your makeup collection because its something like this which can really add the wow factor to just an ordinary eyeshadow look.

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So those are all of my single eyeshadows which I have recently been getting myself back into using and I have to say that I’m really enjoying them. Whilst I love eyeshadow palettes because they are easy and contain a range of shades inside, sometimes there is almost too much choice and I either go overboard with far too much eyeshadow or can’t decide what look to go for. So I’ve been enjoying the simplicity of just using one eyeshadow all over the lid and blending it out for a beautiful, minimal and classic eyeshadow look. Thanks for reading!

Kayley x