you must not be afraid

I know it’s cliche but I honestly cannot believe that it is 2015. Last year was one of the best years of my life. I spent the duration surrounded by people that I love, visited new places and tried my hand at a number of new things. I celebrated my first valentines day EVER, I made fortnightly trips up and down the country, I visited Barcelona, Paris and Tunisia and I spent eight weeks working on the editorial team for a magazine. I was sick in a frying pan, I fell up the stairs and I cohabited with a mouse.

For me, this year is about further growing into who I want to be. I’ve never been one for the ‘new year new me’ mantra but I do believe that the first day of a brand new year is as good of a time as any to start doing something good, creating new goals and working towards them. This year, I am 100% dedicated to building the life which I want to live; working hard towards my ambitions and getting more experience in my chosen field of work. I plan to blog a lot more, I plan to move in with my boyfriend and I plan to maintain shaven legs and painted toenails at all times.

Best Wishes for the year xxxx

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWith winter well and truly upon us it’s time to wrap up warm and dress appropriately for the change in temperature and conditions. For me, autumn and winter are the best seasons in terms of style mainly because my uniform all black outfits are acceptable but also because I love to layer.

The first thing I like to buy come autumn is a new pair of ankle boots (although this year i’m still in last Septembers purchase). Ankle boots are a cult classic and something everyone ought to have. I usually go for a classic black boot with a heel of about an inch for everyday. The pair above are a Topshop find and are serving me fairly although being worn every single day means they’ll probably need replacing in the new year.

Another cult style buy is a Breton stripe tee. These make me feel Parisian and chic and I wear my Jack Wills one on a weekly basis. Go for something boxy in shape and a thick cotton material.

The black skinny jean is a definite style essential for me, there’s probably no point in me taking them off for bed as you can guarantee they’ll be back on come morning. Above are the Topshop Joni jeans which are high waisted making them ideal for both daytime and evening wear.

A jumper is of course more than necessary for the current chilly temperatures. I like knitwear from Topshop and Zara. Pictured is a thinner, oversized piece (blending in with the duvet, amateur) which didn’t come off my back between November and March last winter. Why change what works.

Finally, a cosy scarf is perfect for wrapping up warm as well as looking chic and stylish, incorporating layers into an outfit. Mine is from Topshop and is a lovely seasonal camel shade.

What are your style essentials?

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetWith the big brow trend showing no signs of ageing, I thought I’d share how I fill in mine. There are a number of products and formulas on the market at the moment from felt tips to pencils to wax to powder and I prefer the latter.

I always start by brushing through my brows with a spoolie (which I obviously forgot to photograph) and then go in with an angled brush and a powder product. Nine and a half times out of ten i’ll use Omega eyeshadow by MAC and apply it with the ECOTools angled liner brush, applying in brush like strokes and extending the tail of my brow slightly. Then I go over the bushy bit with the wax half of the Sleek MakeUp Brow Kit in light to hold the longer hairs in place, giving me a natural(ish) defined brow.

If you’re on a budget the Sleek brow kit is an excellent all rounder which I did use alone for a while however I do find the powder half to be a little warm for my cool toned blonde hair.

How do you fill in your eyebrows?

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Topshops make up line has been nothing but a huge success since its launch a few years ago. Adding to their eclectic, high fashion high street clothing brand, the cosmetics range includes trend products as well as everything needed for complete base.

The makeup line follows suit from the reasonably priced garments which the store holds and offers a good quality product for a good price. The lipsticks from the line are priced at eight pounds each and come in a number of formulas and an extensive array of colours.

Pictured here are the standard lipsticks which come in both satin and matte finishes. The products glide on nicely and are feel creamy and nourishing on the lips. The colours are completely opaque when applied from the bullet or can be used sparingly by patting on a smaller amount of the product which provides more of a lip stain effect.

Overall, I am pleased with the quality of the lipsticks for the price and would purchase more from the line.

Do you have a favourite Topshop lipstick?


The Origins Drink Up Intensive is an overnight mask to quench skins thirst and hydrate for the next day. I have very dry, dehydrated skin which sometimes feels quite sore and can look very dull in the morning so hydration and radiance are the two main features I look for in skincare items.

I picked up a sample of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask around a week ago and have used it a few times since. I find that the morning after my skin feels soft and hydrated and looks plump and glowing – something which I struggle to achieve with a normal night cream.

The consistency is very thick but soaks in quickly and feels similar to a standard moisturiser. The mask is exceptionally hydrating and does everything it claims to do exceeding expectations. It used Japanese seaweed to repair the skins moisture barriers therefore providing a long lasting result meaning that I imagine I would only use it two to three times a week.

The product smells fresh and fruity which is lovely however may be something to consider if you have particularly sensitive skin.

What’s your favourite skincare treat?

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Whittling down my nude lip collection to just five products was harder than getting out of bed this morning. I wear nude lips all day everyday; to lectures, shopping, meeting friends, dates with my boyfriend, nights out – you name it, i’ll sport a nude lip for it.  I do like to mix things up a little on the rest of my face so I’m pretty clued up on what formula goes with what eye look and so on. Without further a do, my current top five.

The Gloss – Tanya Burr for Eye Candy Lipgloss in Chic. Tanya Burrs lip gloss offerings are divine. Sweet smelling, non-sticky and in a plethora of shades to suit everyone. Upon release, I obviously got excited about the nudes and opted for Chic. This gloss delivers a ‘my lips but nuder’ pout with a stunning sheen making the lips appear fuller and working perfectly with glowy, candlelit skin.

The Mac Nude – Mac Lustre Lipstick in Freckletone. I had to include an offering from Mac, Mac lipsticks are by far my favourite and Freckletone is probably my most used lipstick of the moment. Freckletone goes with everything, it adds glamour to a smokey eye, looks pretty in the day and would work perfectly with all skin tones. Thumbs up from me.

The Easy Nude – Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe. Slightly more pink in tone, this shade would be ideal for those who are scared of nudes or feel that some nudes wash them out. This shade has a easy glide on formula and looks lovely with an everyday face.

The No Makeup Nude – Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. This is a perfect nude for wearing with no makeup as it is sheer and subtle whilst still offering a nude hue and a slight shimmer making you look that little bit more polished. I like this for going to the gym or on days where my lips are too chapped for a normal lipstick.

The Nude Lip Pallette – Sleek MakeUp Lip Pallette In Ballet. If you’re unsure what to go for, a lip pallette is perfect as it offers a selection of shades similar to each other in different formulas and with different undertones so you can see which works best for you. The Sleek Lip Pallette offers four shades, two satin, one matte and one gloss which can be mixed or worn separately.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?

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Le Soft Perfume 5g – £20

“Princess of the sea, crescent of golden sand, that transcends the music and the smell of flowers thrown into the sea…”

Le soft perfume is a multi-sensory fragrance product which combines scent with natural cosmetics and is entirely alcohol and paraben free. Created in Paris, the Le Soft Perfume range consists of three collections each containing four perfumes; all with moisturising, nourishing and relaxing properties. Each fragrance has it’s own personality which is reflected in the colourful themed packaging.

Pictured here, from the Plages (Beach) collection, Copacabana is the perfect summery scent. Ideal for those lucky enough to be getting some winter sun or for those holding on to summer, despite the rain outside. Copacabana smells like summer holidays, festivals, happiness and joy. Top notes of Pink Peppercorn, Petit Grain and Bergamot are followed smoothly by the sweet, floral notes of Jasmine, Violet and Orange Blossom providing a warm, soothing feel whilst still being very fresh and appropriate for all day wear.

Having never used a solid perfume before, I have to declare that it’s love. The scent of Le Soft Perfume is exceptionally long lasting and there is a scent to suit everyone – even men! The packaging is fun and eclectic and suits the scent perfectly. A definite handbag essential and a perfect stocking filler for any beauty lover.