Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Tutorial 

Recently I’ve loved to explore with my shadows and eye looks. Although I’ve been loving the ABH Modern Renaissance palette I thought I’d go back to my Top Faced Sweet Peach Palette and create a purple/gold halo eye with a sharp wing. 

This eye look is perfect for a night out with the ladies or even a date night. It’s really flattering and sexy looking, perfect for when you’re feeling fun. 

I went ahead and started with concealer to prime my lids. I used the Maybelline Age Rewind but you can use whatever you have. I then went over and set it using the shade ‘Peaches ‘N Cream’. 

Using a fluffy crease brush I used ‘Puree’ in the crease and dragging it out to make my eyes look more cat like. Next I went in with ‘Delectable’ in the inner corner and outer corner. I do this by taking a small precise brush and adding small pigment at a time, constantly blending and adding until I got my preferred look. I then added ‘Luscious’ to the inner halo and connecting the shade ‘Delectable’ by dragging either side through the crease. Again, adding more of ‘Luscious’ to intensify the took. To finish, I highlighted my inner corner and brow bone with ‘White Peach’. 


I then went ahead as used the Maybelline Master Precise liner to add a sharp, dramatic wing. I added plenty of mascara and some fluttery, flirty lashes to perfect the look. To finish I dragged ‘Delectable’ under the eye, remembering to drag it up towards the liner and out to make it a more cat eye effect. 

There we have a simple but beautiful halo eye!

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With love, Beth x 

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Being Alone Is Ok

Some people, like myself, become so used to being around a lot of people all the time. Especially within a relationship, it becomes the norm to have someone to rely on and talk too whenever you need them. It’s almost natural to have the support and attention from the same person. However, when you lose that person or people it can become so hard to adjust. 

The first week you may find that you’re totally lost with no way of understanding how you’re going to cope. Eventually by the 3rd week it becomes something you’re adjusting too but naturally, sometimes you think about it and it makes you nervous. Your hands sweat, it gives you anxiety and the constant worry of not knowing who is going to look out for you when times get tough. By week 5 you might start to enjoy it again, you’re going out more, meeting and talking to new people and you’re not feeling so anxious about doing things by yourself. By week 10, you’ve adjusted so well that you don’t need nobody and you love nothing more than falling asleep at night peacefully because your life is so simple now.

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.” – Oscar Wilde.

 You’re an independent person with a whole life ahead of you. Your past may be behind you but your achievements and accomplishments are something you should embrace. Yeah, that one person may have given you help through that time, but you came trough? Just because they helped you doesn’t mean that they achieved it. You did. For me, although I had a lot of help to overcome my anxiety and panic attacks, he didn’t actually achieve anything, I did. I came through and learned to control them. I got myself a degree but with a little help from my friends. I worked hard to make sure I maintained being independent. 

Although, like I said, when you spend so much time with one individual it can be hard to come through and be alone at the end. Just remember, being alone isn’t a bad thing. It’s valuable time to learn more about yourself and what you deserve, want and need in your life. Its time to learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby, change your hair colour or start a new adventure. Everything you now do is something that you want to do. 

Think about it, being alone is actually strong. It shows people that you aren’t afraid of living your own life and making your own decisions. You can be whoever you want to be right now, you decide who that is. 

Be whoever you want to be. 

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With love, Beth x 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer // Review 

I purchased this Bronzer whilst in New York this summer and I’ve been committed to it every since. Before I went I knew that if I only purchased one item of makeup it would be this Bronzer since it’s been raved about for so long. 


I saw the last one that was in Target and I didn’t hesitate to grab it. I will say that it is very warm toned but don’t let that turn you off. It’s still a gorgeous shade to wear and it doesn’t make your skin look orange at all. In fact, it applies so evenly and just adds a beautiful bronzed glow to the face. The scent is incredible, it’s like summer in a compact. 
I’m fair skinned and this just makes my skin look so healthy and nourished. It blends so well regardless of whether you’ve powdered your foundation or not. I’ve been obsessed with this for months now and I’m hoping that Physicans Formula come to the UK so I can try more of their products. 

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With love, Beth x 

Book Review // The Start of Me and You 

The second book I read by Emery Lord was called The Start of Me and You. I’ll admit, it wasn’t as good as When We Collided but still very enjoyable. 

At a very young age, Paige suffered the loss of her boyfriend and never thought she would feel the same again. Eventually, life had to change and she realised that there was a lot of things that she wanted to do and no longer wanted to be stopped from doing them. The new school year began and it was time for her to make those changes, but will she ever be able to swim if she doesn’t dive? 

The book was just as lovely as When We Collided by Emery Lord. Although I did prefer the other novel, I must admit that I like the character of Paige. She actually reminded me of myself and the things I realised when I knew my life had to change because of anxious thoughts and holding myself back. I love that again, Emery Lord has written in a character who is homosexual and I think that’s such a wonderful aspect to her books because she shows that she is so accepting of everybody’s background and lifestyle choices. 

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With love, Beth x 

H&M Beauty Sponge Review

H&M have been a little hit and miss with me across the years, their clothing is lovely but the sizing is often difficult to figure out. I’ve always been intrigued by their beauty selection as I know again some people say it’s hit and miss, certain products are fantastic but others are a little difficult to work with. 

So, when I was in there recently I saw that they had their own beauty sponge for a bargain of £1.99! I’m always interested in testing new sponges because they’re such a statement in my routine that if I can find an affordable one then I’m always pleased!


Can I honestly say that this sponge has changed my life? No, it really hasn’t. If I’m totally honest, for £1.99 it isn’t the worst sponge in the world but I doubt I’ll ever repurchase this again. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an OK sponge. I do find that the sponge sucks up a lot of product which is so irritating and the faint bumps along the sponge can transfer and make the foundation or concealer look weird and leaves marks. 

                   SPONGE VS BRUSH 

I tested the sponge on one side of my face and a brush on the other side. Personally, I preferred the finish that the brush gave me because it just looked more full coverage and flawless. Whereas the sponge just took away and sucked up the product. So it made the one side of my makeup less full coverage and a little more cakey. 


I really do think the Real Techniques sponges are really worth the money and I would rather invest in the more expensive sponges (only like £4 more) since they are more effective. They don’t suck up the product and actually really do make the products look flawless and exactly how I like it. 

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With love, Beth x 

My Yoga Experience: Week 1

I’ve been interested in yoga for a while now and the only reason I never started practicingbefore was due to my lack of knowledge. As everybody else in times of need, I went to youtube. I started watching Yoga With Adriene and was particularly interested in her beginner tutorials. I finally gave in and decided to give it a go and thought how good it would be to give a diary of my weeks whilst introducing yoga into my life.

Sunday 3rd September 2017:

I started my first session on the 3rd September 2017 whilst I was feeling particularly heavy and least energetic. I was even contemplating a nap at this point. I took the plunge and watched the tutorial called Yoga for Complete Beginners: 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout

At the beginning my thoughts were that I wouldn’t be able to finish 10 minutes let alone 20, it just looked so exhausting and strenuous. However, I competed the whole tutorial and afterwards I felt so incredibly relieved. Not because I wanted it to finish but because my body felt instantly lighter, my core felt like I had completed a 60 minute ab-session but most importantly, I feel like a whole lot of weight lifted from my shoulders. 

I had heard the benefits of yoga before but never really considered them as a benefactor towards my life. Although after the first session I couldn’t wait for my next session. 20 minutes was definitely long enough for my first session because after I had finished  my arms and legs felt like jelly but mentally, I felt incredible. 

I was so impressed by how well I felt after the first attempt I decided to give it a second go right before I went to bed. I followed a picture from Pinterest that had 9 poses, each to be held for 20 seconds with deep breathing. 


Right after I instantly felt so relaxed and like all my worries had disappeared. My muscles felt incredible and I just felt prepared for a good nights sleep. I also had the best night sleep!

Monday 4th September 2017: 

The morning of day 2 I thought I would start with yoga before doing anything else to help me prepare for the day.  

I woke up and followed another Pinterest post by Darebee. This post was called wake up and connect and that is exactly what I did! 


These poses really helped to stretch out my muscles and mentally, gave me a better look on the day ahead.  

I then followed Yoga with Adriene in yoga for weight loss – hips and core vinyasa. I then read once I had completed it that it was intermediate which I am definitely not as of yet. So I did find certain poses difficult. However, my body felt really good and all my muscles felt like I had been completely stretched out. 

Although I didn’t do the poses perfectly I gave it a good attempt and I still felt happy and satisfied after completing it. 

I definitely realised how challenging yoga actually is and I have underestimated all yoga-doers abilities in the past. I totally apologise and you are all basically gods for doing this every day. Although it does make you feel amazing. 

After work I decided it to go ahead and do another 10 minute session for beginners, this time following the 10 minute yoga workout for beginners to improve flexibility on YouTube. At this point I was feeling pretty unwell with a sore throat and ears, normally I’d totally ignore any type of exercise and would lay in bed feeling sorry for myself. This time I couldn’t wait to stretch my muscles out and feel more relaxed. The session really got my heart racing and by the end of the session I really did feel like my flexibility had gotten better in just a small amount of time. I also felt my heart racing and I was sweating, honestly it does feel like a full workout, essentially it is though. 

Afterwards although I was still feeling the sore throat and ears but I wasn’t feeling drained and it helped me to relax more and ignore the pain I was experiencing. 

Tuesday 5th September 2017: 

I woke up early to have a 20 minute yoga session, right now in the week I feel like 20 minutes is all I need and eventually I may increase this when I become more flexible and familiar with the practice. 

This morning I did a 20 minute morning yoga – gentle morning sequence whilst following Yoga with Adriene. I particularly enjoyed this session because I could really wake myself up from it, before I started I felt drained and tired but right after I felt so much more exergetic and prepared for the day. In this tutorial I thoroughly enjoyed the cat-like poses and movements, I felt less pressure in my back after doing these. I also feel like my thigh muscles are gradually becoming stronger, as are my shoulders. Admittedly, my downward dog pose isn’t my strongest point but I still enjoy it!

I realised that Yoga with Adriene is my favourite tutorials/sessions to follow because she is just so calm and relaxing to listen too, along with that she just knows what she’s doing.

The third evening came, I went to dinner wih my friends and when I got home I still felt prepared to do a session. I waited a little while to ensure my food had fully settled before beginning a 25 minute gentle yoga sequence. This session was really calming but it actually allowed me to think of the  events that happened during the day, along with releasing any worrying overwhelming thoughts and just release for negativity in my life. I also also like a baby! 

Wednesday 6th September 2017:

I woke up on the 4th day feeling unusually tired and almost, very nearly resisted the practice but I knew I would hate myself for missing it. So I went ahead and followed the Wake Up and Connect Pinterest post that I showed you above. However, this time I held each pose for a longer amount of time, around 50-60 seconds per pose. I did find it slightly more difficult but each day I do find that certain poses are improving and others I still find difficult. The plank is my absolute worst, I get severe shakes when I do this post. 

Each day I feel my muscles getting stronger and my body changing. Doing yoga in the mornings and before bed has really already made a difference to my mentality and physical strength. However, on this particular day I felt especially more aching than usual so I continued with the session but for less amount of time and maintained a relaxed and comfortable posture in each position. I can really feel the difference it is making in my body!

I had a free night planned so I went ahead and did my first 40 minute practice, following another Yoga with Adriene tutorial. This one was a 40 minute home yoga work out for beginners and it really did test my strengths but also, I actually preferred to do a 40 minute session than a normal 20 minute. I felt more relaxed and more willing to continue to hold the poses for longer. Perhaps this is because I’m improving my flexibility and gradually increasing my abilities. 

By the end of day 4 I’ve been thoroughly enjoying practicing yoga and at the end of each day I’m excited for the next just to do more Yoga. Something I can honestly say, I’ve never felt towards any other form of exercise. 

Thursday 7th September 2017: 

This morning’s practice was a little different as I followed a Pinterest post called 10 yoga poses you can do from your bed. At first I thought the surface of the bed was not going to be firm enough for me to hold the poses but it wasn’t that bad. In fact, it was a nice relief for my knees since I haven’t been using a yoga mat (to purchase next). 

The poses I completed were wide child’s pose, the cat pose, seated spinal twist, seated side bend, forward fold, spinal twist, pigeon pose, happy baby, cobra and bow pose. These poses are perfect to stretch out all of the muscles in your body and after every session my back feels incredible. All week I have loved nothing more than waking up and stretching out my body ready for the day ahead. 

After work I went ahead and settled myself down by completing another Yoga with Adriene video called a little goes a long way. I really enjoyed this practice because it focuses on how to become more aware of your breathing and concentrate on mindefulness and awareness of your body. These poses are especially good because the more advanced you become the more improvement you can make to these poses and change them to alter your capabilities. Another night where I slept like a baby and I know its because of yoga!

Friday 8th September 2017: 

Knowing this day was gloomy, dark and rainy did make it slightly harder to leave my bed. Although like always, I felt so awake and alive after completing a short 10 minute session. It’s easy to say everyday that I feel more alive or awake but honestly, I do. I also like how different my body feels eat morning, some days my body is more flexible than the previous day and other days my muscles are tight and I’m sore. I think it takes some getting used too but I’m loving how different I feel physically and mindfully. 

Today’s morning session was a short morning routine which can be found on Pinterest. I wanted to do a session but I didn’t want anything too strenuous. So I went for a short 10 minute session where I was able to stretch out all my muscles. I prefer to do a short session in the morning and a 20-40 minute session during the evening. I find that I’m able to give it more time and attention in the evening/afternoon time than the morning. However, I like the feeling I get when I complete a session in the morning as it really helps me to open up and prepare for the day. 

Evening session was following a yoga for neck and shoulder relief practice. My shoulders were feeling good particularly sore but mainly I felt like givin my core a rest as it’s become very tight and aching but, I can only hope this is good. Although this practice wasn’t my favourite I did feel relaxed and good after completing it. It was nice to give my legs and core a break but as well as to give myself more movement within my shoulder and knock area. It was also especially good to give myself more practice with straightening my back within the sitting position. 

Saturday 9th September 2017:  

This morning I decided to follow the same poses from Thursday morning but this time I held them longer and did them in the floor. This time I practiced for around 25 minutes and paid more attention to my breathing. I really do prefer this practice on the floor rather than a bed and I think it is the ideal morning session.  

For the evening session I followed the bed time session on Pinterest. I actually feel like this is the best way to do a session and get a great nights sleep. I’ve found that each time I’ve done this practice I’ve slept so well and I wake up feeling 10x more refreshed than ever.

How do I feel?

I feel incredible. My body feels so grateful for practicing and actually adding exercise to my diet. I don’t really feel like yoga is exercise but it definitely does feel like a full body work out. I always feel like I’ve tested and stretched out each muscle in my body.

Very early on within the week I realised that I felt better when doing yoga early in the morning, generally before I have any food or do any other activities. After thoroughly researching others also felt the same. However, I do like to do some yoga before bed, only a small season of maybe a few 20sec poses but I just feel like I have a better nights sleep when I do it. 

I’m yet to try it before or after exercise, so for week 2 I plan to see how I feel doing yoga in the mornings before exercise and after. I also want to test this during the evening to see which time of day it really makes a difference. 

Honestly though, I’ve loved my first week of yoga! I’m definitely going to see how things continue to go and how I improve and perhaps I’ll put up another post about my exercise with yoga in a few weeks.

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With love, Beth x

How I Bleached My Hair

Recently I changed my hair colour from a light brown to an ombré style,  brown/blonde. I’ve had it like this previously, around 2 years ago and life got in the way and I lost interest in maintaining it. However, now I’ve decided that I miss having blonde hair so I changed it back.

I used several products to achieve this look. As fairly straight forward as it is, it does need a lot of time and effort to do it. So make sure you have several hours to spare in your day and be patient, ensuring you get every bit of hair. 

I bought everything I needed from the Superdrug website for £21. It’s a lot cheaper than visiting a salon as long as you’re doing it correctly. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Mixing bowl. 
  • Brush.
  • Touch of silver shampoo and conditioner – Doesn’t need to be this brand but it does need to be purple. 
  • Brown hair dye for roots. 
  • Jerome Russell Maximum Blonding Kit – This also includes a mixing bowl, brush and cap. Along with the bleach. 
  • Jerome Russell platinum blonde toner.
  • Foil -Although not in the photo, it’s useful to keep heat in and help the bleach to work better. 

I also recommend doing this with someone to help you so you make sure you get every part. 

Process: 

Step 1: section your hair into 3 sections. The front 2 parts and the back. I used clips to keep these sections in place. 

Step 2: see where you want to stop at your root and prepare the bleach. 

Step 3: place a piece of foil under the section of hair and begin to apply the bleach at the tips of your hair and work up. Do this for every section. 

We chose to not hit the root at all and even leave a little of the previous colour to make it look more of a subtle transition. 

Step 4: once finished, apply the head mask to maintain heat and help the foils stay in. 

Step 5: I waited 40 minutes before checking how the colour looks and then decide on whether you want to keep it on for longer. 

Step 6: Once you’re ready to take it off, wash out the colour using the conditioning shampoo provided within the box. Then determine the levels of brassy tones within your hair and apply the toner. 

Apply the toner all over the bleached hair and put the plastic hood back on. Use a hair dryer to add more heat to make the toner more effective. Allow the toner to develop for around 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with a purple shampoo and conditioner. And blow dry. 

Repeatedly wash your hair with the Touch of Silver Shampoo and Conditioner, leaving in the both the shampoo and conditioner for longer than usual and continue to use to see improvement. 
Before:
During: 


After: 


I am very much aware that my hair still has brassy, golden tones in it. This is actually fine and I know with the use of purple shampoo and conditioner and perhaps another toner, this will minimise within time and I’ll progressively make my the shade in like. 

I never actually used any of the brown hair dye since I didn’t feel like I needed it. 

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With love, Beth x