30/01/2017

Travel Plans for 2017

2016 was my first proper year of travel, I'd only ever been abroad once before and that was to Bulgaria in 2015 - going there just fuelled my want, nay need for travel. 2016 was a good year for travelling, but I'm hoping for even greater things for 2017! 
So far this year I've already visited London, and I'll definitely be returning again soon! My plans for travel are so far looking to be amazing! I've nothing planned with the boyfriend yet but I've at least two solid-ish looking holidays with my friends coming into place. So onto the travel plans! 
In May I'm hoping to meet up with my lovely friend Aileen, and even if it only ends up us exploring London and Brighton then it'll still be a great time! We have however spoke about going to Barcelona and I'm really really hoping this falls into place because it would be so cool to go exploring with her. 
Another idea for travel that has been thrown around is New York, I'd adore to go to New York so so much, and if we can get a good deal then, Gemma (who has already been to the big apple and went to London with me) and I will be hoping over the pond late May/ early June. 
Late June/ Mid July would most likely be when Connor and I go on holiday, we've looked at a couple of places but just waiting on funds and what not before we book. 
Gemma has also suggested going somewhere at the end of summer, somewhere sunny, so far Lisbon and Santorini have been thrown around. It would be cool if we got to go all the places we planned on going, we'll have to wait and see if they pan out though. 
I definitely want to go somewhere for a long weekend just before I go back to university for fourth year. I'm hoping for Venice, just gotta try convince Connor to go and be all romantic with me. When we went to Rome, I adored every second of it and I'd love to visit Venice this year too, everything about Venice just seems perfect. 
I loved Disneyland Paris when I visited last year, and I desperately want to go back for Christmas this year! I just think it would be like 1000x more magical when everything's lit up for Christmas. If Disneyland turned out to be way too expensive for me to afford, I'd still like to go somewhere for the Christmas markets. 

Looking at how many places I've talked about this is all now seeming a bit impossible! But travel is one of the things I love the most, if I was able to do all of these then I'd legit be the happiest little bunny.  
Do you have any travel plans for this year? Have you been to any of the places I've mentioned before, what did you like about them?

26/01/2017

Possibly The Best Eye Liner Ever? Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

For the longest time my absolute favourite eye liner has been the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner and I hadn't found anything I liked more, until a few months ago when I started using the little sample of the wonderful Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, I honestly never thought I'd love a pen style liner, but I adore this so bloody much! Getting a really good solid black line is so easy, the lines are straight and easy to control. 
The nib on this is super fine, and surprisingly sturdy. You can honestly get as thick or as thin as a line as you need, and you can get such a good flick with it, it is just the most perfect nib. 
The line you can create from the Kat Von D liner is super pigmented and so so dark, I don't think I've ever used such a black liner. Its so opaque, and honestly its kind of unreal - who knew such lines were even possible?  Once its set, it won't budge at all. But its easy to take off with cleanser, so its not impossible to get off, no worries lads and laddettes. 
Its definitely the best the best liner I've used in ages, and I'll be buying myself the full sized version very soon - possibly while I'm down in London soon! 

23/01/2017

Best Make-up of 2016

2016 was a good year for me. One of the best I've had in a while and I'll actually be sad to see it go. Might be the minority of people that think that but hay ho. 2016 saw me buying a car and passing my driving test, finally getting into 3rd year of uni, getting a new job which I love and seeing so many amazing and new places. I made quite a few great beauty purchases too and cut back on bulk buying by a huuuuge amount - at least compared to how much makeup I bought in 2015 anyway. This did mean that my purchases were all things that I liked, but this post is for all the things I love!
Compared to 2015, I wore sooo much more perfume in 2016. I made a few new fragrance purchases and I love the scents I got. The fragrance I've been loving most though throughout the majority of the year is YSL Black Opium. Everything about this perfume is amazing, the bottle is sheer perfection and the scent, oh wow. Its so sophisticated and such a grown up scent. I always get compliments on it when I wear it, its odd to be told you smell nice but its also so good to know that other are able to smell it and that it smells as good to others as it does to you. 
My next favourite is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette. I got this a matter of weeks before it was released in the UK, I waited a long time to get my mittens on it and I was so chuffed when I finally got to use it. I've not used all the shades in the palette, cause frankly I'm too pale for some of the contour shades but the lightest shade is the perfect match for my skin - in terms of the ideal contour shade... The highlight shades are so good to, I've played around with the first and middle shades and they give a really nice soft subtle glow. The shades blend brilliantly, and so far I've had no muddy faced disasters. 
Another favourite from Kat Von D is her Tattoo Liner. The one I have is only a sample, but I'm absolutely certain that the full sized version will be getting bought very soon. At this point I'd hate for it to run out, because its genuinely the best liner I've tried. I used to be so big on the gel pen type but this felt tip one is life. It gives the blackest of lines and you can control the line so so so well. Because the nib is so thin, its also super easy to control the thickness and get a super thin line towards the inner eye. I'm really fussy with eye liners, and this one gets all the thumbs up from me. 
Highlighter wise, discovering Hidden Cosmetics was game changing for me. Their products are amazing, and the glow you get from these highlighters is amazing. I find the best way to apply them is with the Zoeva Luxe Highlighting brush, which is another firm favourite for my makeup loves. The brush just blends everything out ridding harsh glowing edges for a more dimmed glow look.
I was gonna try force a few more favourites, but the only other things I could think of are things that I got right before Christmas, so didn't think it was fair - cause really they haven't been tried and tested enough. The Huda Beauty palette almost made the cut but that'll have its own post v soon. So these 5 products have been absolute must haves for me in 2016, god bless them and I'll not be without them in 2017!

19/01/2017

Illamasqua Sales Haul

I restrained myself pretty well on the Illamasqua site, but still wanted to share my sales buys with you. Cause who doesn't love a bargain? I only bought two things, but one of the two was a gift set so there's a few more in that one thing, ya get me? 
So the first thing I bought was the Eye Shadow Palette in the shade Demise. This little quad has some really pretty looking shades - there's a white, a grey toned black, a lovely rich purplely pink shade and a creamy gold pink looking shade. I'm really looking forward to trying out these shades, I've already got a palette from Illamasqua so know they blend pretty well, it'll be fun to see what kind of looks I can make from this. For only £10.20 its an absolute steal! 
The only other thing I bought was the Extinct set. The Extinct set contains everything you could need to make a beautiful eye look. Everything in the set is full sized - its nice to for once have a makeup gift set that's not full of minis!  The set has one of their mascaras, the precision gel liner in Infinity, a liner brush and a tube of Broken Gold. I've wanted to get my hands on Broken Gold for ages, but it seemed to always be sold out, and now the only way to get it was in this set. I'm really glad I decided to get the set, the value for money is amazing - all these items for £20 is an absolute bargain, unfortunately its sold out online now, but they still have so many amazing items left! 
I'm hoping 2017 will be a year of more cautious spending, so heres hoping I use what I buy and not just buy for the hype. I'll definitely be reviewing the Broken Gold at least at some point, I only wish it was still party season.

16/01/2017

Lush Sales Haul | Boxing Day Buys

For whatever reason my brother and I were both awake at 7 on boxing day morning, so like any normal people we decided to go do some sales shopping. So off we went to Braehead, arriving before 8am and hitting up the most important store first - Lush. 
God knows what time they actually opened doors at cause there was already soooo many people in store and a queue had already formed. Scott and I just grabbed literally anything that was part of the Christmas range, and by about quarter past were in line to pay. All in all I think we were in Lush for about an hour? I'm glad with the amount that I got, spending over £100 on everything I got. I kind of wish we had got there slightly earlier so I could have got one of the maaaaassive gift sets but alas they were all gone when I got there. 
So, without further rambling lets look at all the goodies that I bought! 
I got myself 3 gift sets, just y'know for the options of more bombs. I got the Jingle Bells set which came with two bombs, Peeping Santa and Father Christmas - I've tried both before and I like them both lots. I also got the Jester set, this had 4 different items in it: Jester reusable bubble bar; Santasaurus reusable bubble bar, Lord of Misrule bath bomb and Monsters Ball bath bomb. The Jester set came really nicely packaged in one of those scarf things with bells on top too. Santasaurus looks so cute and has such a great name too! The last gift set I got was the Noel set, this also came with 4 things: Lord of Misrule shower cream; Papa Noel shower jelly; Smugglers soul shampoo bar; and Fireside soap. This set has alottttt more options in it than just bath stuff, and to be honest with you until right now I didn't actually realise what was inside it.. I honestly just grabbed it in store and added it to the basket - I got sale eyes.
I also got myself not one, not two,not even 3 but FOUR 500g bottles of Snow Fairy. Can't have enough Snow Fairy, and now I think I'm set till the summer for shower gel. Along with Snow Fairy I got myself a 500g bottle of Bubbly shower gel, it smells amazing and I'm really glad I bought myself a bottle, just one. 
Along with the big bottles of shower gel I got a Snow Fairy fun, 3 different colours so I'm hoping that its easy to pull off a colour to use at a time. There's also a Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, I don't use body products much but Snow Fairy smells amazing so lets hope I actually use this. I also got myself a Santa Baby lip scrub, my bubblegum one is almost empty so at least I have a back up one. 
Now for all the bath bombs! Luxury Lush Pud Bath bomb, Shoot for the Stars, two Never Mind the Ballistic, Golden Wonder & Northern Lights Bath Bomb.
Theres also a bunch of bubble bars here too. Ruby Red Slippers, Candy Mountain, Christmas Penguin and Magic wand bubble bars, finally for the Lush haul of all Lush hauls is the Snow Angel bath melt and a big block of Snow Globe soap!
I'm set for Lush stuff for awhile now I think, god bless the Lush sale!

01/01/2017

Hello 2017, Nice To See You

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new? Compared to previous years, 2016 was really quite good for me. I finally made my way into 3rd year, I got a new job that I really enjoy and I travelled to so many amazing places with my equally amazing boyfriend. 
As this goes up I'm most likely in bed nursing a hangover, hoping to god I'm not in the state I was last year, please lord no. 
In 2017 I want to carry on with two of last years resolutions, those being to be healthier and feel happier. In September I started doing weight watchers with my friend and started to consistently go to the gym, mostly classes but it was a start. 
In the months leading up to Christmas I managed to lose write in how much weight i lost. I honestly felt loads better in myself for losing it and in the new year getting some muscle on me and toning up is what I'm hoping to do. Up until now for me its been all about reducing the amount of fat on me, 2017 is project build muscle. 
Along with getting fitter, I want to see more of the world. Just like last year, although this year I'm going to specify places that I want to see by the end of the year, and I definitely want to see at least 4 new places before 2017 is done. On my list of places to see this year is: Iceland, Venice and Slovenia. These three are places I definitely want to visit this year, come hell or high water I'm telling you. 
Finally, I want to get into fourth year. The only way for me to do this is to study my butt off, January exams and May exams are going to be so hard but I'll work my hardest to prove that I can do it. 

Anyhoo thats the last of my resolutions for this year, do you have any resolutions for 2017?