Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August Loves

It has been far too hot to wear much makeup recently, so I've kept it really minimal this month - which means even less beauty favourites than last month! However, saying that, the few beauty bits that I have been reaching for are really great options for the hot weather - they work beautifully at resisting the heat. The rest of my favourites are all lifestyle loves, from fashion to homeware to books - there's a real mix today!  

I've featured the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner on my blog before, but I have been trying it out again this month and I'm in love with it once again. I actually don't know why I ever stopped using it (I went through a phase of skipping the liquid liner). I don't really do a wing these days, but I love lining my upper lash line to give my eyes a bit more definition and make them look rounder and larger. This one really does stay all day, so it's perfect to withstand the heat. And it's super affordable. 

The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* has been my saviour against all the humidity this month. It seems to set all my makeup in place for the longest time without looking patchy or powdery. I dust a little on my forehead, nose and chin after I finish my makeup to get rid of any excess shine and lock everything in place. It's perfect under the eyes too.

I picked up the Tejn White Faux Fur Rug on a recent trip to IKEA and it's such a beauty. I'm so excited to have this in my uni room - not to mention, it's absolutely perfect to add a little texture in blog photos! You'll be seeing this piece on the blog a lot, I'm sure. 

I'm totally smitten with the fast emerging Wide Leg Trousers trend, I've literally been wearing them all month. I need to buy more! They're so comfortable, super slimming and very flattering, even on petite people. You can find them everywhere these days but Topshop, New Look and ASOS stock some of my favourites.

I reviewed The Luxe Life by FleurdeForce earlier this month (see here) - it was so good that I had to do a separate review for it! I'm sure if you watch Fleur, you'll know what I mean when I say her personality is so down-to-earth and lovely - this really does shine through in her writing and makes it such a wonderful read. There are lots of lifestyle aspects that this book touches on, and some lovely beauty bits too. Well worth picking up and looking through even if you don't watch Fleur - it's full to the brim with useful advice and gorgeous inspiration.

And that's it! Short but sweet this month.
What have you been loving throughout August?


Monday, 29 August 2016

Rimmel by Kate | Rose Gold Lipsticks

Rimmel by Kate Rose Gold Lipsticks

I've been seeing these gorgeous rose gold lipsticks on so many Instagram accounts lately and so when they finally launched, I was incredibly excited to pick a couple up! The collection was released in celebration of Kate Moss's 15th anniversary collaborating with Rimmel London. The colour selection is incredibly classic - three different nude shades and three reds, so there's a shade for everyone. I picked up two shades, one in Boho Nude and the second in Retro Red. (Side note: aren't the names so cute?!). 

If you're already familiar with the formula of Rimmel by Kate lipsticks, you'll know that they're incredibly lightweight and easy to apply. Even the scent is the same, and although I'm not a fan of it, it doesn't linger after application. The pigmentation is quite intense, especially with the red - you don't really have much room for mucking it up, but then again, you can't really afford to mess up a red lipstick either way. The nude shade I picked up is very natural, with slight orange-y undertones rather  than the classic pink or brown toned nude. I quite like it. Also, excuse the messy lip swatches (it's my first time shooting some for a blog post!), but here are the colours on:

Rimmel by Kate Rose Gold Lipstick Boho Nude
Boho Nude is my favourite. It's such a wearable, everyday nude but it's still unique with the more orange undertones running through it. The formula is nice and creamy, not streaky or patchy at all. It wears quite well, with an application lasting a few hours - when it does fade, it fades evenly so you don't need to keep an eye on it all the time.

Rimmel by Kate Rose Gold Lipstick Retro Red
Retro Red is gorgeous too - the name is perfect for the shade. The colour itself is really wearable for a red, but it does have that almost vintage vibe with plummier undertones. It feels really comfortable on the lips and just like Boho Nude, it applies smooth and streak-free. The pigment is strong (one swipe will have you covered) but it's buildable too, for a really intense retro red lip.  

One thing I would say, is that these both look wayyy better with lipliner. This might be because of the fact that I'm a recent lipliner convert - I can't seem to complete my makeup routine without one now, so trying to apply these without a liner for the swatches felt really strange. A lipliner not only would help the lipstick last longer, but also neatens up and completes the look, so I think it's well worth making time for the extra step. These lipsticks retail for £6.49 each in Superdrug, but right now there's an offer for 2 for £10 so grab a couple (or all six) whilst you can!

Have you tried any shades from Rimmel's new collection?

Friday, 26 August 2016

New Beginnings

Life has been so busy lately, I can't even remember where the summer went! It feels like I wrote up my life update post last week, and here we are, a month later. There have been a few changes and fresh starts going on, both for my blog and outside of it, so I thought it was time to put them all into one post and share them with you. I like the idea of doing this sort of post once a month, but let me know your thoughts on whether you enjoy reading them! 

1. Second year done, one year left to go.
The essays I mentioned in my last life update are completed and submitted which means I get a couple of weeks off before the new term begins. With two years down, and only one year left, I intend to make the most of it! I go back to university next month, which means I'm no longer in my bright, white bedroom in London - this might affect my blog photography a bit, but I'm going to try and prevent it from making too much of a difference. 

2. Experimenting with my blog photography.
I was recently gifted a new Canon DSLR from my parents for my 21st birthday. Of course, I was super excited - but I didn't really find time to experiment and explore with it until my essays were handed in. If you've noticed the sudden change in the quality of my blog photos over the past week, it's because of the camera! I love it, and I can't wait to use it for lots of new blog posts to come. 

3. A skin update.
In my Turning 21 post, I mentioned that I've had a horrible flare up of cystic acne over the past two or three months. I was on Roaccutane for the latter part of last year and I thought it had solved my acne issues, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. However, I've been trialing the Lumie Clear Acne Light for about two weeks now and it seems to be helping - I will keep you updated on this in case any of you are having similar skin troubles. 

4. Refreshing my cooking skills.
With university around the corner, I'm trying not to get too used to mum's cooking again - I'm going to be cooking for myself again soon. To get me excited for it, I've recently purchased a few new recipe books to try out. Madeleine Shaw's Get The Glow was a real favourite of mine, so I recently picked up her Ready Steady Glow book. I'm dipping into it for some inspiration because I definitely want to do more food related recipe posts up on my blog!

5. 400.
My blog hit 400 followers a few days back and it's totally made my week. Although numbers are not something I want to ever obsess over, it's always a nice feeling when you hit a milestone - no matter how big or small. It means a lot that you take the time to follow and read my posts, and some of you are even kind enough to regularly comment your lovely feedback. I've decided that when my blog reaches 500, I'd like to do my first ever giveaway, so here's to onward and upwards!  

What have you been up to lately?
I'd love to know.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Makeup Musings #5

Seeing as I've been trying quite a few new beauty bits lately, I thought it was time to gather them all into another Makeup Musings style post, so that I could share them all at once. Most of them are drugstore, a couple more luxury purchases, but all of them are new additions to my ever expanding makeup collection. 

First up is the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals in Rose GoldI saw this in Gemma's Warm Summer Eye Makeup post a month ago and I immediately asked Superdrug to email me as soon as it was back in stock. It's the strangest texture, and so sparkly, I absolutely love the swatch! There's a silver shade too which I now have my eye on (pun not intended). They actually look really similar to the Stila Magnificent Metals shadows, except these ones are a tenth of the price. I still need to try this on my eyes though so I will have to keep you posted on how I find it.

You might remember me mentioning that I'm only just getting into using lipliners, and so far I'm loving it! Of course I had to try out the Rimmel ones so I picked up two whilst Superdrug still had their buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on. I chose the shades 063 East End Snob and 018 Addiction. Both are gorgeous neutral nude shades, with one being slightly pinkier and the other more brown toned. I'm super excited to try these over the next little while too.

The next two purchases are probably my favourite from the bunch - I picked up two of the new Kate for Rimmel 15 Year Anniversary Lipsticks. The two shades I chose were Boho Nude and Retro Red. I'm not going to say much about them now, but expect a full review with swatches one these two beauties early next week! 

I'm having a bit of a moment with new blushes lately and I've been on the hunt for the perfect everyday pink. I've heard so much about how good the Hourglass blushes are - the two that are in my Hourglass Lighting Edit Palette are really lovely. So I had a little look at the other shades and chose the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat - it looks like the prettiest warm pink marbled with cream, so you can choose the intensity you prefer. I'll definitely keep you updated on how it works out for me but on first impression, it looks like a shade that would suit so many different skin tones.

Last up is another eyeshadow, but this one is from one of my all time favourite makeup brands - none other than Charlotte Tilbury. I've obsessed over her Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette all summer long, so last week, I picked up the shade Jean. It's such a beautiful pink gold, it wears beautifully throughout the day and it's incredibly creamy. Totally gorgeous.

What new makeup bits have you been trying recently?

Monday, 22 August 2016

My Top Six Melt-Proof Makeup Tips

It's time for another guest post! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Zara, a freelance writer with a passion for all things lifestyle. She's written lots of content which I've really enjoyed reading so I was thrilled when she asked to contribute a post for Her Little Loves. Today she's sharing her top tips for melt-proof makeup - super useful for the few weeks of warm weather we have left. Enjoy! 

Dealing with summertime makeup can get very tricky, especially with the hot weather and rising temperatures. Some products are simply not designed to endure the heat, which may completely ruin your look. However, you don’t have to worry at all – there are ways to apply your makeup which are super effective at resisting the heat! Here are six useful tips on how to achieve that:

Prep With A Primer
A high-quality primer is essential for melt-proofing your makeup during summer. It won’t feel like a heavy additional layer, but will make sure that everything is held in place. A pea-sized dot of your favourite primer is definitely the key to long-lasting makeup. Just make sure that it’s as lightweight as possible – an oil-free formula will do the trick. Apply it after your moisturizer but before foundation and concealer, and you’ll see that it really does do wonders!

Choose Creamy Eyeshadows
Creamy eye shadows is your best friend during hot summer days for one simple reason – they tend to cake less when temperatures go through the roof. You’ve probably noticed that powdery ones look horrible when mixed with sweat, so skip those and opt for creamy ones. Eye shadows that contain silicone may be particularly efficient, since these lock colour in place and prevent smudging. 

Stick With Liquid Liner
Even though applying liquid liner to your lids may take time and practice, the truth is that its formula is much better than the one of a kohl pencil, especially when it comes to taking the heat. It certainly is less likely to smudge, which is what you're looking for with summer makeup. A good long-wearing black liquid liner will save the day – try this one by L’Oreal or the Shiseido Automatic Liquid Fine Eyeliner - their formulas are perfect at resisting the summertime heat.

Sweat-Proof Your Lashes
Make your lashes sweat-proof by opting for a waterproof mascara instead of a regular one. Trust me, it’ll make your life much easier since it won’t smudge at all – whether you're at work, in the gym, or swimming at a local pool, it'll stay put! Some good options are the Lancome Hypnose Mascara  or Maybelline Lash Discovery if you're on the hunt for a new one.

Avoid Heavy Matte Lipsticks
Ditch those heavy matte lipsticks and turn to the latest makeup trend for this summer – lip stains! These don’t contain as much oil or emollient as regular lipsticks, which make them much lighter. They're as long-lasting as matte lipsticks, but they offer a sheer buildable coverage. If you worry that they’ll dry out your lips, you can always apply your favourite balm before using a lip stain.

Keep It Light
Less is definitely more when it comes to summer makeup, which is exactly why you should forget your regular foundation during the warmer months. Instead, opt for a lightweight tinted moisturiser, which still provides good coverage. However, if you don’t have one at hand, you can always mix your foundation with your favourite moisturiser to make your own! Opting for a high-quality one with SPF, such as Moisturising Daily Defence SPF50+ by Asap Skin Care is always a good idea – it’ll protect your skin from harmful sun-rays, while looking perfect when mixed with a foundation.

Big thanks to Zara for sharing such fabulous tips!
What are your favourite tips for melt proof makeup this summer?

Friday, 19 August 2016

My Sephora Wishlist

With a holiday to Canada just a couple of short months away, I'm already lusting over what to pick up on the countless trips to Sephora whilst I'm out there. I thought I'd share some of these with you today - because just scrolling through all those swoon-worthy products is getting me too excited (and distracted). 

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist 
This has been everywhere lately! I love anything that's dewy as I suffer from incredibly dry skin - it sounds like it would be perfect as a finishing spray after my makeup routine!

Becca Champagne Splits Highlighter and Blush 
You might have seen Champagne Pop on my blog quite a bit since I got my hands on it earlier this year, but this duo looks absolutely divine. The compact is all mixed metal-esque too.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Hand Cream 
I love me a good handcream. This one sounds super luxurious and the reviews are great - I also haven't tried anything from Josie Maran so I think this would be a good way to introduce myself to her range.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illumination 
Speaking of Josie Maran, I saw this in Tati's highlighter collection video and my eyes lit up. It's so incredibly gorgeous on camera, so it must be even better in real life, right?!

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette 
I've been a huge fan of the Marc Beauty line ever since it launched so there's definitely a couple of things from there on my wish list. The plum shadow in this palette looks gorgeous for the winter months.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blushing Bride 
Again, if you've read a few of my posts from last month, you'll know I'm a total sucker for Tarte blushes. This one is such a pretty soft pink which would be perfect for all year round.

Makeup For Ever Diamond Powder 
Of course, something glittery! I've seen this in so many YouTube videos as a cult product, so I think I'll definitely be swatching it next time I'm in a Sephora. 

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial 
So much glow in this wishlist, I know! I made up my mind that I wanted this as soon as I saw Kathleen swatch them all in her review. They're just so molten metal gorgeous-looking.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard 
This is a long term favourite in the concealer department, I just need a new one as mine is nearly finished.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream 
I thought this was a really interesting concept, and I'm all for the quirky beauty products. I'm pretty sure I heard Lily Pebbles rave about this moisturizer in her videos so I thought I'd have a nosey and see what the hype is about. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light 
I have a small pan of this in my Hourglass Edit Palette but I love it so much that I want it in full size. It's so incredibly brightening, and so finely milled - definitely one of the best powders I've ever tried.

Pat Mcgrath Skin Fetish in 003 
I don't actually know if this is still available but if I see it, I want it! It looks super unique, and almost wet on the skin which I've never really seen in any highlighters that I own. 

Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Primer 
There was a phase in the beauty world a few months ago when this was on everyone's blog. I was lusting after it then, and I still am now. I think it's time to purchase.

Fresh Sugar Lipbalm in Rose 
Again, I have a travel size of this lipbalm and it's one of my absolute favourites. It's a little on the pricey side, but seriously, it's just so good. Super moisturising and a really fresh scent too. 

So many things! I'm sure my wallet will be aching after I'm done buying all this, not to mention the new releases before then - and of course, the aisle of doom on the way to the checkouts. Let me know if you've tried any of the products on my wishlist and your thoughts on them - I'd love to hear!

What's on your Sephora wishlist?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

How To Keep Your Makeup Bag Clean & Organised

Makeup bags are just one of those things that are near impossible to keep clean (for me at least). I remember the days when I'd use the same products day in, day out - and although there's nothing wrong with that, it meant that I didn't find myself cleaning out my makeup bag that often! I'm ashamed to even admit it, but I used to throw out makeup bags and buy entirely new ones to save me from having to clean them (they had surpassed the stage where they might have been saved). I've noticed that ever since I started making the extra effort to switch up my makeup routine from time to time, I end up taking everything out from my makeup bag to make room for all the lovely new things I want to put back in. This opens up the perfect opportunity to give the bag itself a good clean, as well as the products that come out of it!

1. Go through your whole makeup bag. Tip it all out onto a clean towel and see what you're actually using and what's just taking up room. Throw away or donate anything that you're not using.

2. Of course, check everything is still in date. If so, it's safe to pass on or keep but if it's expired then it's time to say goodbye. Products to keep a close eye on are mascaras, foundations/concealers and lipsticks. Powder formulas tend to last longer than liquid ones. If you find that a product you use and love everyday is near its expiry date, make a note of it on your shopping list to purchase next time you're out and about.

3. Disinfect everything - including the inside of your makeup bag. You can find cosmetic disinfectant to lightly spray on products such as eyeshadow palettes and hygiene wipes for lipsticks bullets. When it comes to the makeup bag itself, I take a good look each time. If it only needs a little clean, I can do that with a hygiene wipe, but if there have been any spillages or leakages then it's time to put it in the washing machine. I do this for cotton makeup bags like my Charlotte Tilbury one, but you can always buy PVC makeup bags which are much easier to clean with just a damp cloth for these sorts of situations!

4. Wash all of your brushes. Most brushes don't come with hygiene caps (the Sephora ones do which is brilliant). Often, bristles are packed really tight and product can get stuck in between the hairs. This means that the brush head is the perfect place to harbor tons of bacteria. Give them a good wash - I usually wash my brushes every week or two with a spot clean before each application, using a spray brush cleanser.

5. Now that everything is clean, put everything back in. I like having a pattern on how I put things into my makeup bag, so that it stays as neat and as organized as possible. I put powders and setting sprays at the bottom and work my way up going backwards from my makeup routine (so foundation is near the top). This makes life so much easier when I'm in a hurry because everything is already in the order of how I like to put them on!

What are your favourite ways to clean and organize your makeup bag?


Monday, 15 August 2016

Balancing Blogging With A Busy Schedule

We all have those days where we're just so busy, and at the end of the day, we look back and wonder where all the time went! Whether you've been blogging for a few days, months or years, you'll know how much of a commitment it is - and it's definitely something that you really have to enjoy to stay committed. Trying to balance a blog with everyday life, work, other hobbies and responsibilities can be really hard -  I know that I've struggled in the past, and it affected my content. Recently I've been working on my university assignments over the summer, but that didn't mean I wanted to hit pause on the blog! I found some useful ways in which I could stay on top of both my workload and my blog posts without feeling too stressed, so I thought I'd share these with you today:

1. Plan your ideas in advance.
I like to print out a monthly calendar and write in all my blog post plans for each week. I also write in any key dates or important events so that I know when I have to schedule my posts earlier than usual. I would recommend leaving some blogging days blank as well, in case you get emails from other bloggers or brands that you want to collaborate with as well. Having this sort of monthly overview really helps you stay organised, especially if your a visual sort-of person like me! 

2. Write posts as soon as inspiration strikes.
This one is super important for me. As soon as I have an idea, I have to write it down. If I'm out and about, I type it into my notes section on my phone, or in my little notebook. It just means that life becomes so much easier when you actually sit down at your computer to type it all up. I'm often travelling to and from places - I find the journeys to be wonderful pockets of time to jot down any ideas for the upcoming weeks. 

3. Shoot your photography in bulk.
I like setting aside an hour or two to shoot photographs for several blog posts in one go. That way you don't have to keep assembling lights, setting up and taking photos every time that you want to write a post. It doesn't take very long, and if you know exactly what you're blogging about, you'll know exactly what to photograph too - so point number one is really the most important! It's much more time efficient too.

4. Have some 'stock' photos at hand.
This is so important for when life suddenly (and unexpectedly) gets busier than you anticipated. Having a folder full of 'stock' photos that can be used for multiple post ideas can really save the day when it's too dark to take new photos, or you've just not got the time. I can do a separate post on some stock photography ideas/tips if that's something that interests you guys - let me know!

5. Make use of the 'schedule' button.
I always like to upload my posts at the same time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Having that set schedule is useful for your readers and yourself. But sometimes, you're busy at that time, or you don't have access to a computer, there are a thousand things that could get in the way! That's why scheduling in advance can be so important, and I always do this now. You can set a date and a time to publish your posts and it will go up automatically - it's honestly such a useful feature for when you're blogging on the go.

Do you have any tips for balancing blogging when you have a busy schedule?

Friday, 12 August 2016

Three Summer Blushes

I love wearing blush. There's something about how it makes your face look so radiant and healthy, like you've just been on a brisk walk outside. So, while it's still warm outside, I thought I'd share my top three blusher picks that I've been reaching for all throughout the summer months:

I've loved the Sephora's own range of makeup for several years now - a lot of their products are such high quality and a lot more affordably priced than the rest of the store! The Sephora Colourful Blush in Sweet On You is only $14 and it's a beautiful bright coral which is a satin matte finish. It's more of an orange coral than a peach coral, so it would look beautiful on people with warmer skintones.

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy is not a new product to my blog - in fact, I'm sure you're all bored of it by now. It's a seriously pretty warm coral which looks scary in the pan, but it's actually quite light and buildable. It lasts all day long, and I can say that with confidence - it just does not need touching up throughout the day. I'm desperate to try more from the Amazonian Clay Blush range so if you have any suggestions for shades, let me know. 

Laura Geller's Baked Gelato Blush in Rosewater instantly adds a boost of radiance and youth, so it's perfect for both young and more mature skin. It's a very subtle sheen shimmer but it's not too much - very fine and almost mermaid-esque in the sunshine. And isn't the product just so gorgeous?! I love the whole gelato concept of this blush - Laura Geller is definitely a brand that has been getting a lot of well deserved attention from the beauty world lately!


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation

The Milani Conceal Perfect Foundation

Having been a huge fan of Tati Westbrook for quite some time now, I was incredibly excited to find the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation on a trip to Beauty Base two weeks ago. I've seen it crop up in so many of her videos, so of course when I saw it, I picked up without a second thought! After swatching several shades, I settled for 03 Light Beige which seemed to be the right shade for me. Something that I did notice from all the swatching was that the shades were very much on the deeper side - there isn't a shade for porcelain skins available. Even the lightest shade was quite yellow toned, and that's a real shame because the foundation is definitely a good 'un. Especially for only being £9.99. 

It's extremely high coverage for a drugstore foundation, very easy to blend and not sticky or too fluid. The formula is lightweight and oil-free, so it's perfect for acne prone skin like mine. However, I would advise drier skins steer clear of this one though - my dry patches became very noticeable halfway through the day and the foundation wasn't as hydrating as my trusty NARS Sheer Glow. The foundation wears extremely well throughout the day with minimal touch-ups - but if you've got oilier skin, you're going to want to carry a powder to get rid of any shine as I have a feeling it would need that. 

Saying that, I get a full coverage finish with the smallest pump, to the point where concealer becomes unnecessary (always a bonus). Which brings me onto my next point - there is a pump with the foundation meaning no mess, no wastage and it's all very hygienic. I do like this foundation a lot, but definitely google swatches and go to a store to pick it up as the shades options are a bit limited, especially if you're fair!

I'm excited to try more from Milani - any recommendations?
Have you tried the Conceal & Perfect Foundation?

Monday, 8 August 2016

Turning 21

I don't think I've ever mentioned my birthday on my blog before, but I was an August baby. I turn 21 tomorrow, and it's definitely strange when I think about it - I still feel like a teenager at best! I've seen a lot of bloggers do birthday related posts from time to time, so I thought this year I would do one too. I love reading these kinds of posts - and I think it's a great opportunity to share more personal things with you, my readers. So for today's post, I thought it would be a fun idea to answer twenty one questions, and share twenty one things that you probably didn't know about me: 

1. Favourite drink?
Something caffeinated, coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon. I know it's not necessarily good for me, but it's never in excess. Nothing beats a tall glass of water if you're talking cold drinks. 

2. Favourite food?
Ugh...but there's so many! Ok, ok... I love a good sushi restaurant. Probably sushi. 

3. How tall are you?
5'2... ok, I'm rounding up. I'm 156cm, so in between 5'1 and 5'2.

4. Why blogging?
I've always been a creative person and I first started my blog as a creative outlet to write up and record the things that I loved - but eventually it became something that I loved doing so much that I now blog three times a week! 

5. Signature scent?
Alien by Thierry Mugler. I wear it all year round so I'd say that's my signature scent. It's one of the most unique fragrances I've ever come across. Even the bottle is a little wacky.

6. Biggest insecurity?
My acne. I've always had problem skin but recently it has been especially crazy. I keep trying to remember that it's only temporary but it can be hard.

7. Last time you cried?
I don't remember specifically, but I know it was recently. And I know it was because of my acne. We all have our low points.

8. Middle name?
I don't have one! 

9. A-Levels?
I studied English Literature, Psychology and Biology at A Level. It's a weird combination, I know. You can sort of tell I wanted to cover all bases as I hadn't decided my career path at that point (actually, who am I kidding? I still haven't figured that out). 

10. Go-to outfit?
Jeans and a Breton striped top. Classic and comfortable.  

11. Must have makeup item?
Can I pick two? Concealer and mascara. If I'm being specific: the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, and the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara.

12. Favourite Film?
Tangled. If you haven't seen it, you need to.

13. Favourite TV show?
Oh, but there are loads that I love! If I'm picking a feel-good show though, it has to be Friends.

14. Do you have any siblings?
Yes - I have two younger sisters, Natasha and Siaraa. Natasha is fifteen and Siaraa is eleven.

15. Shoes or bags?
Shoes, definitely. I know it's not in the question but I have a thing for coats too.

16. Favourite place to shop?
Sephora for makeup and beauty. ASOS for fashion.

17. Last thing you bought?
I just had to check my emails for this one as I'm definitely more of an online shopper! It's a bit of a weird one but the last thing I bought was this set of copper jars from Paperchase at ASOS - I thought they'd be perfect for my office. 

18. Favourite song?
I have lots of favourites, but one that I never get tired of is Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Rey.

19. Last country you visited?
Canada. I have family out there so I end up going there often. I'd love to move there one day, it's such a beautiful country with lots to see and do.

20. What are you reading these days?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was an early birthday present from Natasha.

21. Do you drive?
Yes. I booked about ten lessons where I practiced the basics with a driving instructor and then I spent hours driving around with my parents to get the hang of it all. It was such a great experience and it's a really useful skill to have if you don't already. A great place to start if you're thinking about learning is definitely Book Learn Pass- your theory, driving lessons and practical test are ready to be booked all in one place! So simple.

What are some interesting facts about you?
I'd love to read them in the comments!
*this post was sponsored by Book Learn Pass

Friday, 5 August 2016

The Luxe Life: Fleur De Force

The Luxe Life Fleur De Force Review

I was so excited when Fleur announced that she was releasing a second book earlier this year. I absolutely loved her first book, The Glam Guide, because it was nothing like the lifestyle books I'd read before. Every page was telling me something new, not repeating the same old tips and tricks that we've all seen and heard. Not only that, but Fleur herself is such a lovely person and you can totally tell through the way she writes. She was the first person I ever subscribed to on YouTube back when she only had a few thousand subscribers and I've loved her ever since. She's one of the few YouTubers who has stayed true to who they are, and I know I'm not the only one to pick up on that. It's definitely this that makes her content so enjoyable to watch - she really feels like an old friend in all of her videos.

So, onto The Luxe Life, I pre-ordered it as soon as I saw WHSmith stocking them - and the best part is, I managed to get my hands on a signed edition. I would have loved to attend a book signing but large crowds aren't really my thing, and I wasn't sure how busy the event would be - not to mention how far I'd have to travel to attend one. But having a signature in my copy still makes it just that little bit more special.

The book cover is stunning - I mean, white and rose gold, seriously, how can it not be?! And of course, Fleur herself looks gorgeous as ever on the front. Both inside and out, this book is definitely the 'older sister' version of The Glam Guide. With me turning 21 next week, I'm definitely all for the more sophisticated and luxurious topics that this book covers: from black tie events, to being the best hostess, and cooking up some delicious recipes - it has it all. The photography is beautiful - the dresses, hair and makeup, and all the pretty illustrations tie it together making this the perfect sequel to Fleur's first book. 

I think my favourite chapter has to be 'Luxe At Home' where everything from decor, to home fragrances, to wardrobe organisation is covered in step by step detail. If you've watched Fleur's London Flat Tour, you'll know she has a very unique style, and she shares exactly how she does it in this chapter. I mean, there's even a section on how to burn a candle so that no wax ends up being wasted - so handy if you're a lover of Diptique and Jo Malone! The book is brimming with so many new and interesting lessons, so you're bound to learn lots of things that you never knew before. 

Have you read The Luxe Life yet?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

How To Find Inspiration For Your Writing

I'm lucky enough to be participating in a book tour this week, working with the lovely Jess, author of A Single Drop of Perfect & Other Stories*. Today, she's guest posting on Her Little Loves and sharing her top tips on finding inspiration as a published author:

A lot of people these days spend more time worrying about producing a book than actually writing one. I’m here to provide some tips of how to throw away the stress and get inspired!

Do what you love.
As a writer you have to be interested by what you create. If you’re writing a mystery novel but you don’t particularly like reading those kind of books, then chances are you’ll lose any inspiration you once had. You have to find out what it is that you really care about. For me, that’s relationships, be it romantic, familial or platonic. I love looking at that kind of trust and asking, how far does someone have to go before that love is fractured?

Write every day.
I cannot stress how important this is! Again, take note, it’s important! When you’re creating a book for a time you’re the only person who cares about it so if you don’t invest your time into it then no one else will. Set aside a bit of time every day for writing, and maybe a bit of time just to think about it too. Every author’s worst nightmare is losing their writing momentum – that can kill a story.

Set some goals.
It’s important to be realistic and not to put too much pressure on yourself but having said that, setting a target and reaching it every day can be so inspiring. You feel like you’re getting somewhere, one step at a time, and soon enough you’ll have your book in your hands. Personally, I aim to write 1,000 words a day and that might take me anywhere from half an hour to just over an hour. It feels great when I can tick that off my to-do list!

Talk to people.
Your friends have never been more valuable than when you’re getting stuck into creating a story. Chat through some plot ideas or characters and the inspiration will flow. This is especially great when you get stuck on something or hit a block. Take some time out for a phone call or a coffee with a friend and before you know it you’ll be back on track.

Don’t forget to live your life.
It can be so easy to get swept up in the wonderful world of writing but if you stay locked up in your cave of an office then you’ll find your inspiration fizzling out. It’s important to get outside, or get anywhere. Make some plans, get some things in the calendar to look forward to. I’ve heard a lot of writers claim you should write what you know and I think it’s important to get a broad insight into life. When you’re a writer it’s even more important to go on adventures. Even if things go wrong, you’re bound to be inspired.

Believe in yourself.
It may sound cheesy, but believe you can write a book. Being a self-published author has never been easier and with a whole host of agents out there, you’ve got every chance of being traditionally published too. These days, it’s completely up to you. You can do anything!

Good luck with your writing!

Jess x

P.S. - Don't forget, you can download Jess's book on Kindle so be sure to follow this link and give it a read! 

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