Favourite Books of 2017

Happy blogmas day 20!

2017 is finishing and I’ve read a lot of books this year. Truthfully, I do like to try and review every single book I read but honestly, I don’t always get the chance or simply, I don’t do it. I don’t review every single book because well 1. They might be rubbish and so bad that I don’t care to review them. 2. Life gets in the way and University is a priority so instead of uploading a review I might just upload a post that’s been in my drafts for a while (lazy yes, practical yes). This year I have read my fair share of books, just like I do every year so I have carefully gathered my 8 favourite books of 2017, I hope you enjoy. Fortunately for you, I have written reviews on all of these books so go ahead and click on the links, they’ll take you to where you need to go for the review. 

We Were on a Break – Lindsey Kelk

White Lies and Wishes – Cathy Bramley

The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo– Amy Schumer

The One We Fell in Love with – Paige Toon

Diary of a Fat Girl – Moira Mugweni

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

The Break Down –  B.A Paris

Harry Potter 1-7 (ignore Order of the Phoenix because that’s crappy) – J.K Rowling

Share with me some of your favourites to add to my 2018 reading collection. 

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Summer Playlist!

A few songs from my 2017 summer playlist.. enjoy!


Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This 

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl 

The Vamps – All Night 

Niall Horan – Slow Hands 

Charli XCX – Dreamer 

Lorde – Green Light 

Josh Turner – Your Man 

Florida Georgia Line – Cruise 

Una Healy – Stay My Love 


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Declutter Your Life!

Having a spring/summer clean out is so beneficial for you. It helps you to look around at your belongings and appreciate the fact that you’re so lucky to have so many things (more than you probably should). Decluttering also helps you to consider the things that you don’t use or wear anymore and give them to charity or your friends or even throw away the things that simply are of no use. 

If you don’t know already, I’m heading away to the states for 3 months and I’m going to have to start packing my things up to move out of my current home and store things with my parents or Matt for the duration I am away. Since this is the case, I went ahead and gave my bedroom a decluttering to help make things easier for when I finally head away. I also own a lot of things that aren’t of any use to me anymore and I’m simply just hoarding them which really isn’t good for the little space I have. 

Since I am doing this over the next few weeks I thought I would give you guys some of my tips to declutter your belongings and help reduce the amount of unnecessary things you have. 

Tip #1: Don’t throw everything away, find other uses. Give to friends or family, even perhaps donate to charity. You may find that a lot of the things you no longer want are still in decent condition and others may want them instead. I like to find clothing that I don’t wear no more or even miscellaneous items that I have no use for and give them to charity or my loved ones. 

Tip #2: When organising your things, use boxes to categories your sections. For example: Box 1 for friends and family. Box 2 for charity. Box 3 for the bin. Normally I’ll put everything in box 1 and see if my friends or family want anything from them, if they don’t then it’ll go in box 2. 

Tip #3: Stop finding reasons to keep things. You don’t need that cardigan with holes in just because you’ve owned it for 10 years. That’s a decent reason to throw it away (can’t imagine you would give it to friends/family or charity. 

Tip #4: G I also find it so relaxing to declutter and give my living environment a good clean. Crack on some music, get yourself a cocktail and away you go. I find it extremely relaxing to give my living space a good clean and declutter, it helps me to think better and feel more productive as well as feeling more relaxed when I’m spending time there. 

Let me know some of your decluttering tips! 

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Get Ready With Me // Halloween 2016

Hey guys! Halloween has passed us and I had a fantastic night. I spent it with some of my closest friends and really enjoyed myself.

This year I went as Wednesday Addams. I love the Addams family, it’s such a family film and I can’t count the amount of times I watched them. Wednesday Addams is definitely my favourite character and after wanting to choose the right costume I feel that I made a great decision. 

I got my costume from Amazon for less than £10. Super affordable and can easily be reused. As a student money is tight and I didn’t want to spend loads of money when a little make up can make the costume. Keep reading to see how I got ready for Halloween. 

Make Up

I started with using the green L.A Girl Concealer to cover my blemishes and redness. After blending it in I added the L.A Girl Concealer in Porcelain over the top blended again, then moved onto my foundation. I used the palest foundation I own. Admittedly, I’m so fair skinned that I do actually use the lightest shade of foundation from all brands. However, today I used the Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Ivory and buffed it in with my beauty sponge. Once I achieved a nice and flawless base I added the Bourjois Radiance Concealer in 1 to my under eyes in a triangle shape. Also added it to the centre of my forehead, bridge of my nose, chin and cupids bow. To powder I baked using the NYX HD Translucent Powder in the areas I added the Concealer. Them used the Revolution Iconic Lights and Pro Contour Palette to powder the rest of my face. 

I used two MUA eyeshadows in grey and black to create a deep cheek bone structure. Starting out with the grey and slowly building it up. Make sure to blend between applying more product. I then added a bit of the black eyeshadow to define it a little more. Remember to blend! My go to brush to blend was the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. 

For my eyes I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bon-Bon palette with the shades Mocha and malted to darken my eye socket. Starting with mocha as my transition shade I went through the crease of my eye and above it with a flat bottom eyeshadow brush. Applying more product when I felt comfortable and remembering to bring it into the inner corner of my eye and down onto my undereye area. I then added mocha to lid too. To intensive this look I used malted, a darker brown from the palette and placed that mainly in the inner corner and dragging it down to my under eye area and nose. To finish I added some of the Maybelline Eyeliner to my upper and lower waterline, curled my lashes and added the Benefit Roller Lash

To finish I used a MUA basic black lipstick. I also set my face using the Urban Decay Setting Spray. 


I bought my costume from Amazon. This black Peter Pan collared dress was £6.88, check here. We also added the black wig and plaited it too, to achieve Wednesday’s signature hairstyle. The wig was £1.77, look here. Admittedly, it was cheap and I got it cheap because I knew I wouldn’t use it again. Also, as a student a budget costume was essential. I used my own black tights and black slip on shoes to finish the look. 


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My Favourite Things About Autumn and Winter

The Autumnal/Winter season is by far the best time of the year, I love the change of weather and ALL of the holidays. Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year are such exciting holidays and every year I love to make a big fuss of the celebrations, especially Christmas. It’s now October 31st, HALLOWEEN WOO!

So, actually Autumn has been around a little while and I’m slightly delayed on this post.. regardless. It’s Autumn. It’s Halloween. Winter boots and knitted jumpers are the ready, pumpkin spice latte to drink and cinnamon buns to be eaten. The original white girls are on patrol, except me.. because well, I don’t like hot drinks but a girl can dream, eh?! I have so many favourite things about Autumn and this whole time of year just gives happy feels. I thought I would give a list of my favourite things about Autumn and why I love it. So, here we gooooo!

I love the dark, cold nights. This may be bizarre to some people but I’m just not a summer person, I don’t like the hot weather and I just simply prefer the colder weather and warmer clothes. I love cuddling up when the nights become darker earlier, I’ll pop a film on and relax in the warmth of my bed. I also love to have a bath and light some candles, I just find it a more comfortable and happier time for me. It’s excellent.

Fallen leaves is another favourite. I love the change in colour of the leaves and watching them fall, it’s such a peaceful experience. As a child my brothers, Daniel and Kyle and I would run through all the fallen leaves and I think it’s such wonderful memory for me. Each year when I notice the leaves are beginning to fall and it’s instantly makes me feel so loved and I really enjoy the memories of my childhood.

Everything about Christmas gets me excited, Christmas for my family is huge. My house looks like Santa’s grotto every single year. My brother Daniel and I still technically live at home with our parents and every Christmas morning we still wake up early (at like 6am!) to have our gifts and spend the day with our parents and family. Even though Daniel is 22 and I’m 20 we’re still like big children during this time of year and I love it. It’s the greatest time of year that we can still relive our childhood, and Christmas spirit.

Fashion and beauty change throughout the year when the seasons change and as much as I love floral and pastel colours, I just think that I personally suit Autumn and Winter colours more and I love the dark reds, navy and purples throughout this time of year. Winter boots are so comfortable and make all my outfits just simply more seasonal and I love to wear beanies so much so that my collection seems to be never ending.

Snow and rain are by far the most relaxing types of weather. I find them so peaceful to watch, admittedly though I don’t really like being in the snow. However, I love to fall asleep hearing the rain hit my window or read a book and watch the snow fall throughout the winter. Its so relaxing and walking home from a lecture In the rain, jumping into bed with a hot water bottle and a hot chocolate is my ideal afternoon. 

    So here are my favourite things about the Autumn/Winter period. What are yours? Happy autumn! I can’t wait to post some Christmas related blog posts.

    ***Just a reminder that although Halloween is a fun and eventful night, it’s so important that you remain safe and ensure that yourself and your friends stay together and stay out of trouble. It’s a fun night but lots of people put on a costume and forget that they’re not actually Batman or Harlie Quinn. You aren’t invincible. Happy Halloween!***
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    Non-Touring Makeup Look

    Hey, Guys!

    I recently come across a new trend that introduced the no contouring look. It’s a super glowy, natural look and it makes you look wide awake and fresh. I think this is an ideal look for those early mornings when you know you look and feel crappy, so you pop on a bucket full of highlighter in hopes to look super energetic and fresh. This is also a really good look for those who aren’t so good at contouring or bronzing or want to try out a new look. I got the idea to do this by Shaaanxo who posted a video of her recreation of a non-touring look. It’s pretty much a really basic look with lots and lots of highlighter. Without further or do, lets get straight into it.


    The base is the main area of the look, as a preference I love a natural, glowy look for everyday wear. It’s super quick and convenient for the day and helps to make you look more awake and fresh faced. I started off by spraying the Urban Decay Setting Spray all over my face and then adding the Nivea Post Shave Balm. I love these two products combined and not only does my foundation look glowy but it also stays put all day.

    After allowing the primer to go tacky, I used the Revlon ColourStay Foundation and mixed in a small amount of the Stila Aqua glow Liquid Bronzer. Mixing in this product to the foundation helps to create a natural toned look without adding any bronzer or contour, it also helps add an extra glow to the face. I only used the liquid bronzer because my foundation was too light for my face, this helped the foundation to look slightly darker and a little extra glowy. This is totally optional.

    I didn’t go for a full coverage base because this look is all about looking natural and just making your own skin look slightly better but not totally different to what you actually look like. I added the L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain under my eyes in a triangle shape, along the bridge of my nose, centre of my forehead and cupids bow. Once blended I added a small amount of the Collection Concealer in 1 under the eye to highlight slightly more.

    I used my B. Beautiful Beauty Sponge to blend all of this in, making sure it’s damp before using it. This helps the base to look absolutely seamless, ensure that you blend the foundation down your neck too! This is super, super important and makes sure it looks flawless.

    Taking the Sleek Makeup Highlight Palette in Solstice, I used the cream Highlighter on top of my cheek bones, bridge of my nose, above the brow, cupids bow and brow bone. I used this as a primer for the other highlighters I’ll be adding shortly.

    Using the Revolution Pro Iconic and Contour Palette I set my under eye area, chin and forehead using the lightest shade in the Palette. Making sure to miss the areas I added the cream highlight.

    I then took the Sleek Highlight Palette again and used the Purple baked highlight over the tops of the cream highlight, including my inner corner. To top it off I used the Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights over the top of all the highlighter I had already put on. This is quite excessive and YOU DON’T have to do this if you prefer a less highlighted look.

    To finish I lightly look the coral blush shade from the Rimmel Sculpting Palette on the apples of my cheeks to add a little pop of colour.


    I didn’t pay much attention to the eyes because I was more focused on the base. However, I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette and focused on creating a shimmery look that helps the eyes to look wider.

    I begun my using my concealer as a primer, making sure to evenly cover the whole eyelid. With my finger I then used the shade, Divinity to help set the concealer in place.

    I mixed Almond Truffle and Cashew Chew together and placed it just above the crease of my eye to begin my transition shades. After this I added Mocha to the crease and made sure to blend thoroughly, continuing to add Mocha until reaching my chosen transition colour. I then finished the look by adding satin sheets to the whole lid, ensuring that the transition colour wasn’t too dark so the whole eye blended well together. With a clean brush I then continued to blend to tidy up the eye look.

    I didn’t include any eyeliner because I personally prefer this look without it. However, if you want to use eyeliner you’re more than welcome too.

    Finally, I curled my lashes and added the Kiko Extra Sculpt Mascara to my upper eyelashes and Benefit Roller Lash to the lower. Adding some of the Maybelline Brow Drama my brows to make them a bit more fuller and even. I also included some of the Revolution Golden Lights Highlighter to my brow bone and inner corner.


    I think this look looks perfect with a nude or pink toned lip. I used the NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee which completes the look and creates a natural and soft lip. However, for an extra added touch I changed and used Mac Lovelorn and placed a bit of the Revolution Golden Lights highlighter to the centre of my lower lip.

    Match with your favourite hairstyle, mine is a messy bun, and here is the finished look. It’s my take on a non-touring, extra added highlight look to create a more natural and fresh glow.  Let me know what your top highlighter is!

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